Date & Time: Aug 24, 2012 at 1800 LT
Type of aircraft:
Pilatus PC-12
Operator:
Registration:
HB-FPZ
Flight Phase:
Flight
Flight Type:
Private
Survivors:
No
Site:
Plain
Schedule:
Anvers - Saanen (Gstaad)
MSN:
0702
YOM:
2006
Country:
France
Region:
Europe
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
1
Pax on board:
3
Pax fatalities:
3
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
4
Circumstances:
The single engine aircraft was on its way to Saanen (Gstaad) with three passenger and a pilot on board. While cruising in the east part of France at a height of 25,000 feet and under Geneva radar control, aircraft went out of control and dove into the ground. It crashed in a wooded area located Solemont, some 30 km south of Montbéliard, and was totally destroyed by impact forces and post impact fire. All four occupants were killed. It appears that control was lost and during the descent, right wing partially detached. A piece of 50 cm was found in Pierrefontaine-lès-Blamonts, some 10 km from the impact site and the rest of wing at Terre-de-Chaux, some 2,8 km from the crash site.