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Last updated: 30 November 2021
Date:Tuesday 17 September 1963
Type:PZL MD-12
Operator:PZL Mielec
Registration: SP-PAL
MSN: 001
First flight: 1959-07-21 (4 years 2 months)
Engines: 4 Narkiewicz WN-3C
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Bialobrzegi (   Poland)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:?
Destination airport:?
The PZL MD-12 was a Polish four-engined short-range passenger plane that first flew in 1959. The prototype, SP-PAL, was destroyed when it crashed during a test flight, killing the crew of five.
The airplane performed a flight to measure the pressure distribution on the hull in order to select the optimal position of the static pressure sensor. Flutter of tail control surfaces caused the plane to crash.
The MD-12 program was stopped and the airplane was not taken into production.

Loss of control

» Polska Technika Lotnicza (Materialy Historyczne, 6/2004)


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