Date & Time: May 25, 2012 at 1710 LT
Type of aircraft:
Cessna 208B Grand Caravan
Landing (descent or approach)
Lézignan-Corbières - Lézignan-Corbières
Crew on board:
Pax on board:
Captain / Total hours on type:
Aircraft left Lézignan-Corbières Airport at 1650LT with a pilot and several skydivers on board. At 10,500 feet, all skydivers jumped and pilot reduced his altitude to return to his base. On final approach to runway 08, at a height of 700 feet with a speed of 90 knots, pilot slightly increased the engine power to maintain the glide and then reduced again the power. At this time, the engine stopped and the propeller auto-feathered. Unable to reach the runway, pilot made an emergency landing in a vineyard some 800 meters short of runway 08. While the pilot was uninjured, the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.
Investigation was unable to determine the cause of the turbine failure on final approach. Sufficient fuel (about 500 pounds) was still present in tanks and all analysis of the engine, fuel supply control system and fuel pump did not reveal any anomalies.