Date & Time: Jul 5, 2014 at 1618 LT
Type of aircraft:
Piper PA-31-350 Navajo Chieftain
Omega Skydiving School
Częstochowa - Częstochowa
Crew on board:
Pax on board:
The twin engine aircraft was engaged in a training mission with one pilot and 11 skydivers on board for a local Parachuting Club. Shortly after takeoff from Częstochowa-Rudniki Airport, while climbing, it appears the pilot encountered problems to maintain a correct rate of climb. The aircraft crash landed in flames in a prairie located in Topólow, some 2 km northwest of the airport. Local residents were able to rescue a passenger who was seriously injured but all 11 other occupants were trapped in the burning cabin. The Piper PA-31P Pressurized Navajo was recently modified to carry skydivers. According to eyes witnesses, one of the engine was misfiring shortly before the aircraft crashed.