Accident Pilatus PC-12/47E PH-RUL, Friday 16 October 2009
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Date:Friday 16 October 2009
Type:Silhouette image of generic PC12 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Pilatus PC-12/47E
Registration: PH-RUL
MSN: 1130
Year of manufacture:2009
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Geuzendijk, Weert, Limburg -   Netherlands
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:Budel-Kempen Airport (EHBD)
Destination airport:Egelsbach Airport (EDFE)
Investigating agency: Dutch Safety Board
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The PC-12 took off from Budel (EHBD)'s runway 21 at 08:22. The pilot was instructed to make a left turn after takeoff and proceed direct to OSGOS. While in a left hand climbing turn into the clouds the autopilot disengaged. The airplane continued the left hand way past the heading that was necessary for a direct course to OSGOS. The pilot was probably manually flying the aircraft, climbing through 2000 feet. The airplane then banked right, entering a sharp descending turn.
Altitude was lost quickly and the airplane could not be recovered from this attitude when breaking through the clouds at 400-600ft.
The PC-12 came down in a farm field and disintegrated.
The Dutch Safety Board concluded that technical or medical problems could not be ruled out. However, it was considered likely that the pilot suffered from spatial disorientation. Factors were:
- the fact that the autopilot disengaged;
- the high work load following loss of autopilot, during a single-pilot flight;
- the lack of training and experience on advanced aircraft like the PC-12 in manually flying the aircraft in IMC in a non-normal situation.
This is one of 8 accidents that resulted in an EASA rule making team on in-flight recording for light aircraft.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: Dutch Safety Board
Report number: 
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report




Revision history:

16-Oct-2009 00:49 flying dutchman Added
16-Oct-2009 00:53 RobertMB Updated
16-Oct-2009 00:57 harro Updated
16-Oct-2009 01:15 flying dutchman Updated
16-Oct-2009 01:45 harro Updated
16-Oct-2009 01:59 harro Updated
16-Oct-2009 05:17 Andre Updated
16-Oct-2009 08:31 slowkid Updated
17-Oct-2009 04:58 Medevac Updated
21-Oct-2009 06:45 PJP Updated
25-Oct-2009 14:52 RobertMB Updated
03-Feb-2010 23:34 TB Updated [Time, Other fatalities, Source, Narrative]
12-Dec-2011 12:58 harro Updated [Time, Source, Narrative]
03-Aug-2014 06:25 Aerossurance Updated [Source, Narrative]
26-Jul-2019 17:55 harro Updated [Source, Accident report, ]
22-Jun-2022 00:27 Ron Averes Updated [Location]

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