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Fribourg

Crash of a Piper PA-31 Navajo Chieftain in Ecuvillens: 1 killed

Date & Time: Nov 10, 2011 at 1414 LT
Operator:
Registration:
HB-LOT
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Ecuvillens - Geneva
MSN:
31-7400981
YOM:
1974
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Captain / Total flying hours:
2458
Captain / Total hours on type:
1282.00
Aircraft flight hours:
4991
Aircraft flight cycles:
4981
Circumstances:
Fourty seconds after its take off from Ecuvillens Airport runway 28, while flying at a speed of 120 knots, aircraft slightly turned to the right without gaining sufficient altitude. Then, its altitude fluctuated and it descended and climbed again. Suddenly, aircraft hit tree tops, lost some wing's and empennage elements while the engine cowlings were sheared off. Fuel tanks were spoiled and aircraft fired. It overflew the wooded area for 120 meters and hit power cables before crashing in flames in an open field located 275 meters after the initial impact. The pilot, sole on board, was killed.
Probable cause:
The accident was caused by a collision with trees due to an inadequate flight path after takeoff in weather conditions that not allow a VFR flight. An irregular and intermittent operation of an engine probably focused the attention of the pilot to the engine to the detriment of the flight path.
Final Report:

Crash of a PAC 750XL - Pacific Aerospace Corporation in Ecuvillens: 2 killed

Date & Time: Sep 21, 2008 at 1328 LT
Operator:
Registration:
ZK-JPP
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Colombier-Ecuvillens
MSN:
106
YOM:
2003
Flight number:
ZKJPP
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Captain / Total flying hours:
645
Captain / Total hours on type:
213.00
Aircraft flight hours:
1471
Aircraft flight cycles:
4214
Circumstances:
After a flight from Beromünster, the aircraft arrived in Colombier airport, with a pilot and a passenger on board. In Colombier, 17 skydivers embarked the airplane bound to Ecuvillens. While overflying the region of Gruyere, all 17 skydivers jumped. Few minutes later, while descending through Ecuvillens, the single engine aircraft crashed in a wooded area of Gibloux, in the Pont-en-Ogoz county. Both occupants were killed.