Date & Time: Mar 9, 1981 at 0705 LT
Type of aircraft:
Pilatus PC-6 (Porter & Turbo Porter)
Q5 A-103 - Benghazi
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One minute after takeoff from the Q5 A-103 Oil Field, en route to Benghazi, the single engine airplane went out of control and crashed. The airplane was totally destroyed and both pilots were killed. The accident occurred about 350 km southeast of Benghazi.
It was determined that the loss of control during initial climb was the consequence of a poor flight preparation on part of the crew who failed to follow the pre-takeoff checklist and failed to remove the system that was blocking the aileron on the left wing.