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Crash of a Pilatus PC-12 in Weert: 2 killed

Accident description

  • Oct 16, 2009 at 0824 LT
  • PH-RUL
  • Takeoff (climb)
  • Private
  • No
  • Airport (less than 10 km from airport)
  • Budel - Egelsbach
  • 1130
  • 2009
  • PHRUL
  • Weert, Limburg
  • The Netherlands
  • Europe
  • 1
  • 1
  • 1
  • 1
  • 0
  • 2
  • 783
  • 84
  • 95
  • Aircraft took off from runway 21 at Budel-Kempen Airport, in the south part of The Netherlands. After departure, pilot was instructed to make a left turn and was cleared to climb to 2,000 feet. While flying in cloud, autopilot disengaged. Aircraft banked to the right and enter a steep descent. Single engine aircraft eventually crashed in an open field and disintegrated on impact. Both occupants were killed, among them Paul Evers, Director of Alko International.
  • Technical or medical problems could not be ruled out according to Dutch Safety Board. However, it was considered likely that the pilot suffered from spatial disorientation.
    Factors were:
    - the fact that the autopilot disengaged;
    - the high work load following loss of autopilot, during a single-pilot flight;
    - the lack of training and experience on advanced aircraft like the PC-12 in manually flying the aircraft in IMC in a non-normal situation.