No injuries in PC-12 deadstick

 - January 26, 2007, 11:06 AM

A Pilatus PC-12 that lost power at an altitude of about 6,000 feet made a deadstick landing December 14 on four-lane Highway 933 North in the midst of a commercial area of Roseland, Ind., about three miles east of South Bend Airport. The turboprop single, with a pilot and four passengers aboard, was damaged when it clipped a utility pole, but no one was hurt in the incident. The airplane had taken off a few minutes earlier from South Bend, Ind., on an IFR flight plan to White Plains, N.Y., and had flown about seven miles southeast when the pilot declared an emergency due to engine failure. According to a local media report, part of the right wing was sheared off when the airplane struck the utility pole and the highway was closed while emergency crews cleaned up spilled fuel.