Preliminary Accident Reports

March 2009 Issue

January 11, 2009, Hayden, Colo., Pilatus Aircraft PC-12/45

At about 0942 Mountain time the airplane was destroyed when it impacted terrain following a loss of control on initial climb. The private pilot and single passenger were fatally injured. Instrument conditions prevailed. As line personnel arrived to pull and fuel the airplane, the pilot was removing baggage from inside the airplane and placing it in the hangar. Once the airplane was pulled outside, the pilot performed a walk-around inspection before he and the passenger boarded the airplane. The line personnel reported "heavy" snowfall from the time the airplane was pulled from the hangar until it departed saw an accumulation of "wet snow" on the airplane’s wings.

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