Crash of a Short SC.7 Skyvan 3M Variant 400 in Piotrków Trybunalski: 2 killed

Date & Time: Sep 3, 2022 at 1418 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
SP-HIP
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Piotrków Trybunalkski - Piotrków Trybunalkski
MSN:
1962
YOM:
1978
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Circumstances:
The airplane was completing local skydiving flights out from Piotrków Trybunalski Airport located 45 km southeast from Łodz. After 20 skydivers have been dropped, the crew was returning to the airport when, on final approach, the airplane stalled and crashed in a field. The aircraft was totally destroyed by impact forces and both occupants were killed.

Crash of a Cessna 208B Grand Caravan in Oceanside: 1 killed

Date & Time: Jun 3, 2022 at 1346 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N7581F
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Oceanside - Oceanside
MSN:
208B-0389
YOM:
1994
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Circumstances:
The single engine was completing local skydiving flights out from Oceanside Airport. On final approach to runway 25, the airplane apparently stalled and crashed against an embankment located about 400 metres short of runway. The pilot was seriously injured and the jumpmaster was killed.

Crash of a Cessna 208 Caravan I in Boituva: 2 killed

Date & Time: May 11, 2022 at 1213 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
PT-OQR
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Boituva - Boituva
MSN:
208-0219
YOM:
1992
Country:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
14
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Circumstances:
The single engine airplane departed Boituva Aerodrome on a local skydiving mission, carrying 14 skydivers and one pilot. After takeoff, the pilot apparently encountered electrical problems and elected to return for an emergency landing. Shortly later, the aircraft collided with high tension wires, stalled and crashed inverted in a field. Two passengers were killed while all other occupants were injured.

Crash of a Let L-410UVP-E3 in Menzelinsk: 16 killed

Date & Time: Oct 10, 2021 at 0911 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
RF-95491
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Menzelinsk - Menzelinsk
MSN:
87 18 26
YOM:
1987
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
20
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
16
Circumstances:
The twin engine aircraft departed Menzelinsk for a local skydiving mission, carrying 20 skydivers and two pilots. During initial climb, the crew reported technical problems with the left engine and elected to return for an emergency landing. The aircraft lost height and eventually struck a concrete wall before coming to rest on a wood piles. Six passengers were rescued while 14 other occupants were killed.

Crash of a Cessna 208 Caravan I off Norderney: 1 killed

Date & Time: Jul 26, 2021 at 1309 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
D-FLEC
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Borkum - Norderney
MSN:
208-0388
YOM:
2005
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Circumstances:
The single engine airplane departed Borkum Airport in the early afternoon on a local skydiving mission. At an altitude of 14,000 feet, the skydivers jumped out the cabin then the pilot reduced his altitude and returned to Norderney Airport. On approach, control was lost and the airplane crashed in the sea of Wadden, about 4 km southeast of the airfield. The aircraft was destroyed and the pilot was killed.

Crash of a De Havilland DHC-2 Beaver in Örebro: 9 killed

Date & Time: Jul 8, 2021 at 1915 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
SE-KKD
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Örebro - Örebro
MSN:
1629RB17
YOM:
1966
Location:
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
8
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
9
Circumstances:
The single engine aircraft was completing local skydiving mission at Örebro-Bofors Airport. Shortly after takeoff, while climbing, the aircraft stalled and crashed near the runway, bursting into flames. The aircraft was destroyed by a post crash fire and all 9 occupants were killed.

Crash of a Cessna 208 Supervan 900 in Teuge

Date & Time: Jun 25, 2021 at 0930 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
PH-FST
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Teuge - Teuge
MSN:
208B-0823
YOM:
2000
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
17
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The single engine aircraft departed Teuge Airport runway 26 for a local skydiving mission with 17 skydivers and one pilot on board. During initial climb, the engine lost power. The pilot attempted an emergency landing in a field when the aircraft crashed along the A50 motorway, about 2 km west of the airfield. All 18 occupants escaped uninjured while the aircraft was seriously damaged.

Crash of a Let L-410UVP-E in Tanay: 4 killed

Date & Time: Jun 19, 2021 at 1000 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
RF-94603
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Tanay - Tanay
MSN:
892328
YOM:
1989
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
17
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
4
Circumstances:
The twin engine aircraft was engaged in a local skydiving mission in Tanay, Kemerovo oblast. On board were 17 skydivers and two pilots. Shortly after takeoff, while in initial climb, the aircraft stalled and crashed in a grassy area. Both pilots and two passengers were killed while 15 other occupants were injured. The aircraft was totally destroyed. It is believed that the right engine suffered a power loss.

Crash of a Pilatus PC-6/B2-H4 Turbo Porter in Cremona: 2 killed

Date & Time: Sep 20, 2020 at 1000 LT
Operator:
Registration:
T7-SKY
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Cremona - Cremona
MSN:
902
YOM:
1993
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
8
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Circumstances:
The single engine airplane departed Cremona-Migliaro Airport in the morning on a local skydiving flight, carrying eight skydivers and one pilot. After the assigned altitude was reached, seven skydivers successively jumped. When the last skydiver attempted to jump, an unexpected situation occurred, maybe he collided with the aircraft when he evacuated the cabin. Out of control, the aircraft entered a spin and crashed in a cornfield located in Livrasco, about 2 km north of Cremona Airfield. Both pilot and skydiver were killed.

Crash of a Cessna 208 Caravan I in Gransee: 1 killed

Date & Time: Sep 11, 2019 at 1505 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
D-FIDI
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Gransee - Gransee
MSN:
208-0301
YOM:
1999
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Captain / Total flying hours:
1553
Captain / Total hours on type:
288.00
Aircraft flight hours:
4066
Aircraft flight cycles:
4983
Circumstances:
At 1448 hrs, the pilot took off from Gransee Special Airfield with the Cessna 208 Caravan to a commercial flight in accordance with visual flight rules. On board were the pilot and 15 skydivers, which were dropped at flight level 130. On this day, the pilot had already conducted three flights dropping skydivers with a total flight time of 48 min. After having dropped the skydivers during the fourth flight, the airplane was last captured by the radar at 1505:49 hrs, during approach to land at the airfield, close to the accident site at about 550 ft AMSL. At the time, ground speed was 168 kt and heading 330°. The Flugleiter stated that he had observed the last phase of the approach. The airplane had been in a left-hand turn with a bank angle of up to 90° close to the ground. He assumed that the pilot might have “overshot” the extended centre line of runway 29 when he entered the final approach coming from the south. Then the airplane had vanished behind the trees. The pilot did not transmit an emergency call. The Flugleiter also stated that with the previous flight he had witnessed a similar manoeuvre. The radar recording of the third flight ended at 1417:54 hrs with a recorded altitude of about 1,400 ft AGL. At the time, ground speed was 168 kt and heading 355°. During both flights the skydivers had been dropped at flight level 130 at a heading of about 300° south of the airfield. After dropping the skydivers, at 1415:07 hrs and at 1502:52 hrs, respectively, the airplane entered a descent with a very high rate of descent and flew in a wide left-hand turn back to the airfield. During the third flight a right-left-hand turn with bank angles of about 50° to 60° occurred during descent.
Probable cause:
The air accident was due to a risky flight manoeuvre close to the ground which resulted in a controlled impact with the ground. The speed during the approach exceeded the operations limitations of the airplane. The approach was not stabilized.
Contributing Human Factors:
- Recurrent acceptance of risky flight manoeuvres close to the ground by the pilot (routine violations),
- Overconfidence and insufficient risk assessment of the pilot.
Contributing Operational Factors:
- Unsuitable wording in the operations manual in regard to approaches after dropping skydivers.
Final Report: