Incident Pilatus PC-6/B2-H4 Turbo Porter YL-YEA,
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Date:Wednesday 19 June 2024
Time:c. 07:44
Type:Silhouette image of generic PC6T model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Pilatus PC-6/B2-H4 Turbo Porter
Owner/operator:Skydive Latvia
Registration: YL-YEA
MSN: 954
Year of manufacture:2007
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:4 kilometers from Riga Airport -   Latvia
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Limbaži airport (EVHA)
Destination airport:Riga International Airport (RIX/EVRA)
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
4 kilometers from RIX Riga Airport a general aviation plane disappeared from radar. The pilot reported technical problems and made an emergency landing on the field. It is known that one person was injured, but the pilot was not.

The pilot, who is a Latvian citizen, made the emergency landing due to bad weather conditions. Due to poor visibility, the airfield was not visible, so the pilot landed in a field in the Imanta district.

According to the conversation between Riga Airport air traffic controllers and the pilot, the aircraft ran out of fuel and the pilot informed the dispatchers about the need to make an emergency landing:

Dispatch (D): '"YL-YEA", I understand that you have no visibility. The runway is at 11 o'clock."
Pilot (P): "Roger!"

D: ""YL-YEA", you are currently deviated to the east of the runway by half a mile."
P: "Roger!"

P: "We need an emergency landing. We're out of fuel!"
D: ""YL-YEA", roger! You're out of fuel. I advise you to fly heading 180."

D: ""YL-YEA", confirm that where you are is your landing site."

The pilot did not reply to this call from the controller.

Plane took off from Limbaži airport to fly over city Limbaži together with paratroopers. Most of the skydivers had already jumped when the weather began to change rapidly, but one skydiver made the decision not to jump and return to the airport.

Taking into account that the weather conditions changed, a decision was made to land at alternative airports, or reserve airports. One of them was in Cēsis, but there too, considering the weather conditions, it was not possible to land. Thus, a decision was made to fly to Riga airport

The amount of fuel to reach Riga airport was probably not calculated correctly. Unfortunately, taking into account that there is a long enough distance from Limbaži to Riga, for some reason the amount of fuel was probably not calculated correctly, so the pilot made the decision not to continue the journey to Riga airport and the crash landing took place in a meadow.




Revision history:

19-Jun-2024 10:47 vasilf Added
19-Jun-2024 10:53 vasilf Updated [Operator, Source]
19-Jun-2024 10:56 Anon. Updated [Aircraft type, Narrative]
19-Jun-2024 10:57 vasilf Updated [Cn, Source, Narrative]
19-Jun-2024 13:03 thunderbolt Updated [Registration, Source]
19-Jun-2024 17:02 vasilf Updated [Time, Source]
20-Jun-2024 11:17 edijs1504 Updated [Category]
21-Jun-2024 11:13 Anon. Updated [Source, Narrative]

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