Date: November 07, 1996
Time: 0929
Location: Aubusson, France
Operator: Jetcom S.A.
Flight #: ?
Route: Geneva - Bordeaux
AC Type: Cessna 421C Golden Eagle
Registration: HB-LRX
cn / ln: 421C02172
Aboard: 8   (passengers:7  crew:1)
Fatalities: 8   (passengers:7  crew:1)
Ground: 0
Summary: The pilot reported that an engine failed just as he started to descend for a landing. He later informed ATC he could not feather the propeller. The aircraft subsequently crashed and burned in a field. The accident was due to inappropriate management of the flight following jamming of the propeller in an intermediate position after the right engine crankshaft ruptured. The inappropriate management was due to the pilot’s relative lack of experience on this aircraft type, his false notions about the aircraft’s performance and about the existence of a flight level to maintain level flight with an unfeathered propeller and an heavy aircraft and a series of misjudged strategies to attempt to continue the flight then to land at Limoges when the aircraft’s altitude no longer made this possible.

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