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Narrative:A Susi Air Pilatus PC-6/B2-H4 Turbo Porter, performing a mining photo survey flight, crashed near Ritan, East Kalimantan, Kutai Kartanegara district, killing both occupants, approx. 5 hours after takeoff.
|Time:||ca 17:30 LT|
Pilatus PC-6/B2-H4 Turbo Porter
|C/n / msn:|| 965|
|Fatalities:||Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2|
|Airplane damage:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||near Ritan, Kalimantan Timur, Kutai Kartanegara -
|Phase:|| En route|
|Departure airport:||Balikpapan-Sepingan Airport (BPN/WALL)|
|Destination airport:||Balikpapan-Sepingan Airport (BPN/WALL)|
ATC contact was lost at 17:22 LT after the pilot reported to attempt an emergency landing due to engine problems.
The engine flamed out caused by lack of fuel supply from main fuel tank to the engine. The pilot likely fixated on the survey flight execution and lost awareness of his fuel situation. The transfering of fuel from the auxiliary tank was not performed during the flight as required. The combination of inexperience of the pilot related to survey flying, fatigue and the highly demanding survey operator contributed to this sequence of events.
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