Preliminary Accident Reports

November 2003 Issue

August 28, Vigo Park, Texas / Pilatus Porter

At 1651 central time, a Pilatus PC-6 crashed following an uncontrolled descent approximately 14 miles northeast of Vigo Park. The pilot bailed out and was not injured. The pilot said he was in cruise flight at 12,500 feet msl, the airplane experienced clear air turbulence. The pilot stated he reduced the throttle to idle and initiated a decent. Subsequently, the airplane pitched nose down to a nearly vertical attitude. The pilot said he “accidentally placed the throttle into a reverse pitch state, and was unable to bring the power back up.” After the airplane attained a rate of descent of 12,000 feet per minute, the pilot bailed out and deployed his parachute. ...

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