A routine Tuesday afternoon took an unexpected turn at the Emmen LU military airbase in Switzerland. A PC-21 training aircraft, part of the Swiss Air Force's fleet, veered off course during a landing procedure, causing significant damage to the aircraft and putting the lives of two occupants in jeopardy.
Details of the Incident
The incident occurred around 2:45 pm when the PC-21 aircraft, designated A-105, returned to the Emmen airbase along with another aircraft. During the landing maneuver, the Pilatus aircraft unexpectedly left the runway, ending up damaged in an adjacent field. Responding swiftly, both the pilot and the flight student activated their ejection seats, successfully escaping the compromised aircraft.
Immediate Aftermath and Response
Following the ejection, both individuals were promptly attended to. One of them was transported to a nearby hospital for a thorough check-up. The Swiss Air Force has temporarily suspended all national flight services for the PC-21 fleet pending a comprehensive investigation of the incident. Concurrently, the military justice system has initiated an inquiry, determined to uncover the causes behind the accident.
Background of the PC-21 and Emmen Airbase
The PC-21 aircraft have been serving the Swiss Air Force since 2008. Their role extends beyond basic jet pilot training, encompassing advanced training modules, air combat simulations, blind flying, and aerobatics training. The Emmen military airbase, from where the ill-fated aircraft took off, operates under the aegis of the Swiss Air Force. It is a hub for training missions and serves as an alternate airfield for both jet and propeller aircraft. Despite the incident, the airbase's location and operations remain unaffected by personal data or advertising-related content.