Accident Pilatus PC-12/45 N398J, Thursday 3 January 2008
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Date:Thursday 3 January 2008
Type:Silhouette image of generic PC12 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Pilatus PC-12/45
Owner/operator:Oklahoma cardiovascular Associates PC
Registration: N398J
MSN: 398
Year of manufacture:2001
Total airframe hrs:1871 hours
Engine model:Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-67A
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 8
Other fatalities:1
Aircraft damage: None
Location:Oklahoma City-Wiley Post (PWA), OK -   United States of America
Phase: Standing
Departure airport:Phoenix, CA (PHX)
Destination airport:Oklahoma City, OK (PWA)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
After an uneventful landing at night, the commercial rated pilot taxied the single-engine turbo propeller equipped airplane to a FBO based at the airport. Upon reaching the FBO's dimly lit ramp, a line technician, who was employed by the FBO, used lighted wands to marshal the airplane to a parking spot. When the airplane came to a complete stop, the pilot set the parking brake. As the pilot was initiating the engine shut down procedures, he heard a loud "thud" and felt the engine, propeller, and airplane begin to vibrate. He looked up and saw the line technician rolling on the ramp toward the airplane's left wing tip. Upon exiting the airplane, the pilot and one of the passengers, who was a physician, noted that the line technician was critically wounded and immediately initiated first aid. It was also noted that a set of wheel chocks and the severed sections of the two lighted wands were near the propeller at the front of the airplane. The line technician had received a written warning from his employer approximately three months before the accident for attempting to chock the nose wheel of another airplane while the engines were operating.

Probable Cause: The line technician's failure to remain clear of the propeller. A factor was the night lighting conditions.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: DFW08LA055
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 months
Download report: Final report




Revision history:

23-Jan-2008 00:47 JINX Added
04-Feb-2010 00:06 Anon. Updated [Total fatalities, Narrative]
01-Apr-2013 17:51 TB Updated [Time, Location, Source, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:13 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
21-Dec-2016 19:14 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
21-Dec-2016 19:16 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
21-Dec-2016 19:20 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
03-Dec-2017 09:25 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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