Date & Time: Jul 5, 2014 at 1618 LT
Registration:
N11WB
Flight Phase:
Takeoff (climb)
Flight Type:
Training
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Częstochowa - Częstochowa
MSN:
31P-7630005
YOM:
1976
Country:
Poland
Region:
Europe
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
1
Pax on board:
11
Pax fatalities:
10
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
11
Circumstances:
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.