Date & Time: Oct 19, 2013 at 1539 LT
Type of aircraft:
Pilatus PC-6 (Porter & Turbo Porter)
Namur - Namur
Crew on board:
Pax on board:
Aircraft was carrying ten skydivers and a pilot and left Namur-Suarlée Airport for its 15 sortie that day. About ten minutes after takeoff, while climbing to a height of 5,100 feet, aircraft went out of control and crashed in an open field located near Marchovelette, some ten km east of airport. All eleven occupants were killed and the aircraft was destroyed by impact forces and post crash fire. According to eye witnesses, the right wing failed and the aircraft became out of control.
On 03APR2014, investigations confirmed the accident was caused by an error on part of the pilot who was executing a barrel roll at an altitude of 5,100 feet. During this manoeuvre (aircraft inverted), the right wing failed because it did not support the weight of the eleven passengers on board during the inverted phase of flight, making part of the wing to fail. In such condition, the pilot lost control of the aircraft that crashed 22 seconds later. Investigators also confirmed the failure of the wing was not caused by a structural problem, fatigue cracks or corrosion.