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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 183166
Last updated: 12 November 2019
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Type:Silhouette image of generic PC12 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Pilatus PC-12/47E
Owner/operator:PlaneSense, Inc
Registration: N978AF
C/n / msn: 1078
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Savannah Hilton Head International Airport, GA (SAV) -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Savannah Hilton Head International Airport, GA (SAV)
Destination airport:Blue Grass (KLEX)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The aircraft was substantially damaged "during a forced landing while taking off ".

According to the responding Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector, the captain stated to him that the first officer was flying, and that they were cleared to take off from runway 1. Power was applied, and throughout the takeoff roll and initial climb, all instruments were "normal." The captain then saw a "low torque CAS message," and the first officer said to declare an emergency. The captain checked that the landing gear were down, and the first officer turned the airplane left, toward open ground. The airplane then made "what appeared to be a normal landing" and appeared as though it would roll to a stop, but then encountered a drainage ditch.

The first officer added that the takeoff from runway 1 utilized the runway's full length, and that after a positive rate of climb, there was a "DING DING" with a "RED CAS" warning for torque. He also noticed that the actual torque at that time was 5.3 psi, while calculated torque was 43.3 psi. The first officer pushed the airplane's nose down, and after turning the airplane left and landing, braked "hard" before the airplane struck the ditch. After the crew egressed through the exit door, they noticed the airplane was on fire.

Both occupants were taken to hospital with minor injuries.

The engine is currently being inspected by Pratt and Whitney in Canada and the NTSB has released its preliminary report ERA16LA082.


Revision history:

06-Jan-2016 14:43 gerard57 Added
06-Jan-2016 14:45 harro Updated [Location, Embed code]
06-Jan-2016 15:13 gerard57 Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
06-Jan-2016 15:27 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
06-Jan-2016 15:27 harro Updated [Damage]
06-Jan-2016 16:37 Geno Updated [Operator, Destination airport, Source]
06-Jan-2016 17:15 Anon. Updated [Source, Damage]
06-Jan-2016 19:45 Aerossurance Updated [Time, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
07-Jan-2016 16:08 Anon. Updated [Phase, Embed code, Narrative]
11-Feb-2016 17:23 Aerossurance Updated [Operator, Nature, Source, Damage, Narrative]
25-Oct-2016 07:02 Anon. Updated [Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:30 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]

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