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PC-12 makes emergency road landing after engine failure

A chartered business flight out of South Bend airport, Indiana, USA ended up landing on a road in the local town following engine failure during climb-out. The aircraft, a Pilatus PC-12, suffered severe damage to one wingtip through contact with power lines, but no-one in the aircraft or on the ground was hurt.

According to the US National Transportation Safety Board the aircraft - N922RG - was heading east, climbing through 6,000ft (1,830m) when the engine failed, and the pilot turned back, reporting that he hoped to make it to the airport. When he realised he could not reach it he elected to land on a road about 5km (3 miles) to the east of the airport.

Operated by Greenhill Aviation, the aircraft took off from South Bend at 13:10 local time on 14 December with one pilot and four passengers bound for Westchester County airport in White Plains, New York. The pilot reported the failure of the aircraft's single Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6 engine 9min later.

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