Several Of The 11 Aboard Hurt
Eight people were hurt -- one seriously -- when a Pilatus Porter
carrying a load of skydivers aloft crashed upon take-off at the
airport in Deland, FL, Monday.
Authorities said the Pilatus PC-6 (file photo of type, below)
was taking off with its seventh load of divers for the day when it
reached an altitude of about 50-feet -- then banked sharply and
plunged to the ground.
"The plane's landing gear was severely bent, and the aircraft
lost one of its propellers. It also looked like a lot of weight had
been exerted on the left wing, which was damaged," Deland Police
Commander Randy Henderson told local reporters.
There's no immediate indication what caused the mishap. The NTSB
FAA Preliminary Accident Report
Make/Model: PC6P Description: PC-6
Date: 10/03/2005 Time: 1927
Event Type: Accident Highest Injury:
Serious Mid Air: N
City: DELAND State: FL Country:
ACFT ON DEPARTURE, CRASHED, THERE WERE 11 PERSONS ON BOARD,
SERIOUS INJURIES, SEVEN SUSTAINED MINOR INJURIES, DELAND,
INJURY DATA Total
# Crew: 1 Fat:
# Pass: 10 Fat:
Fat: 0 Ser:
WEATHER: NOT REPORTED
Dep Date: Dep.
Flt Plan: VFR
Last Radio Cont:
FAA FSDO: ORLANDO, FL
Entry date: 10/04/2005