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Crash of a Pilatus PC-12/47E in Milan: 8 killed

Date & Time: Oct 3, 2021 at 1307 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
YR-PDV
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Milan - Olbia
MSN:
1532
YOM:
2015
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
7
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
8
Circumstances:
The single engine aircraft departed Milan-Linate Airport runway 36 at 1304LT, bound to Olbia with 8 people on board. During initial climb, the pilot completed two successive turns to the right then continued to the south. At an altitude of 5,300 feet, the aircraft entered an uncontrolled descent and crashed on an industrial building under renovation and located about 1,8 km southwest of the runway 36 threshold. The aircraft was totally destroyed by impact forces and a post crash fire and all 8 occupants were killed, among them the Romania businessman Dan Petrescu. The building suffered severe damages as well as few vehicles in the street. There were no injuries on the ground.

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 Boeing 737-476 in Bergamo

Date & Time: Aug 5, 2016 at 0407 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
HA-FAX
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Paris-Roissy-CDG - Bergamo
MSN:
24437/2162
YOM:
1991
Flight number:
QY7332
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
9787
Captain / Total hours on type:
2254.00
Copilot / Total flying hours:
343
Copilot / Total hours on type:
86
Aircraft flight hours:
65332
Circumstances:
The aircraft departed Paris-Roissy-Charles de Gaulle Airport at 0254LT on a cargo flight (service QY7332) to Bergamo on behalf of DHL Airways. Upon arrival at Bergamo-Orio al Serio Airport, the crew encountered poor weather conditions with thunderstorm activity, heavy rain falls and strong wind. The aircraft crossed the runway threshold at a speed of 156 knots and landed 18 seconds later, 2,000 metres pas the runway threshold. Unable to stop within the remaining distance (runway 28 is 2,807 metres long), the aircraft overran, went through the perimeter fence, lost its undercarriage and both engines and eventually stopped in a motorway, some 520 metres pas the runway end. Both crew members evacuated safely and the aircraft was destroyed.
Probable cause:
The causes of the accident are mainly due to the human factor. In particular, the accident was caused by the runway overrun during the landing phase, caused by a loss of situational awareness relating to the position of the aircraft with respect to the runway itself. This loss of situational awareness on the part of the crew caused a delay in contact with the runway, which occurred, at a still high speed, in a position too far to allow the aircraft to stop within the remaining distance.
Contributing to the dynamics of the event:
- The commander's prior decision not to carry out a go-around procedure (this decision is of crucial importance in the chain of events that characterized the accident),
- Inadequate maintenance of flight parameters in the final phase of landing,
- Failure of the crew to disconnect the autothrottle prior to landing,
- Poor lighting conditions with the presence of storm cells and heavy rain falls at the time of the event (environmental factor), which may have contributed to the loss of situation awareness,
- The attention paid by the crew during the final phase of the flight, where both pilots were intent to acquire external visual references and did not realize that the aircraft crossed over the runway at high speed for 18 seconds before touchdown,
- The lack of assertiveness of the first officer in questioning the commander's decisions.
Finally, it cannot be excluded that a condition of tiredness and fatigue may have contributed to the accident, even if not perceived by the crew, which may have influenced the cognitive processes, in particular those of the captain, interfering with his correct decision making process.
Final Report:

Crash of a Let L-410UVP-E19A in Bergamo: 3 killed

Date & Time: Oct 30, 2005 at 2204 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
9A-BTA
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Bergamo - Zagreb
MSN:
91 25 38
YOM:
1991
Flight number:
TDR729
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
3
Captain / Total flying hours:
7780
Captain / Total hours on type:
760.00
Copilot / Total flying hours:
1272
Copilot / Total hours on type:
200
Aircraft flight hours:
7185
Circumstances:
The twin engine aircraft departed Bergamo-Orio al Serio Airport on a night cargo service to Zagreb, carrying one passenger (the captain's wife), two pilots and a load of 1,600 kilos of small packages. After takeoff from runway 28, while climbing in foggy conditions, the aircraft entered a left turn then descended, collided with a powerline and crashed in an open field located one km north of the airfield. The aircraft disintegrated on impact and all three occupants were killed.
Probable cause:
As far as is established, documented and substantiated, the cause of the accident is due to a loss of control in flight of the aircraft. Although the cause of this loss of control could not be established with incontrovertible certainty, it can reasonably be assumed that it was caused by a deterioration in the situation awareness of the crew during the initial climb immediately after take-off. The loss of such situation awareness may have been contributed jointly or severally:
- The displacement or incorrect positioning of the load, which would have induced a moment of rotation on the longitudinal axis of the aircraft (roll) not immediately perceived and counteracted by the crew;
- Spatial disorientation, as a result of the possible optical illusion produced by the high speed "E" TWY lights, which, crossing the thick fog, could have induced the pilot to veer, thus causing the final loss of control of the aircraft. In addition, the limited flight experience of the co-pilot and the inadequate application of CRM techniques by the crew did not allow for a timely identification of the hazardous situation and the necessary actions to recover the aircraft.
Final Report:

Crash of a SCAN-30 Super Widgeon off Manerba di Garda

Date & Time: Mar 29, 2005 at 1441 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
OE-FWS
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Salzburg - Lake Garda
MSN:
30
YOM:
1949
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
23356
Captain / Total hours on type:
130.00
Aircraft flight hours:
3875
Circumstances:
The twin engine aircraft departed Salzburg Airport at 1242LT on a private flight to the Lake Garda (Lago di Garda). Upon landing off Manerba di Garda, the aircraft went out of control, plunged and sank. Both occupants evacuated safely while the aircraft sank by a depth of about 120 metres.
Probable cause:
It is believed that the loss of control upon landing was the consequence of the combination of a poor management of the factor P on part of the pilot-in-command, and microbursts. However, a technical problem was not ruled out.
Final Report: