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Pilatus PC-6 HB-FKS UN 1993


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Pilatus PC-6B Turbo-Porter

HB-FKS sn875 UN Operation MINURSO Western Sahara 1993
The PC-6 is noted for its Short Take-off and Landing (STOL) performance on almost any type of terrain - it can take off within a distance of 195 m and land within a distance of 130 m while carrying a payload of 1,200 kg. Thanks to its remarkable STOL performance, the PC-6 holds the world record for highest landing by a fixed wing aircraft, at 18,865 feet (5,750 m), on the Dhaulagiri glacier in Nepal. Due to these characteristics, they are frequently used to access short grass mountaintop airstrips in the highlands of Papua Province (Indonesia) and Papua New Guinea.,

875 was a 1991 build PC-6B. It was flown by Swiss operator Farner Air Services on contract to the UN during Operation MINURSO (United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara). This was primarily an operation to oversee the ceasefire between Morocco and the Algerian-backed POLISARIO rebels. It crashed on takeoff on 23rd June, 1993, killing all three occupants. One of the deceased was Major Susan Felsche, an Australian woman Medical Officer serving with the Australian contingent to MINURSO. She was the first female Australian soldier to be killed on operations overseas since World War II.

Make: Pilatus Flugzeugwerke
Model: PC-6-B2-H4 Turbo-Porter
Powerplant: Pratt & Whittney PT-6A-20 with 550 SHP
Height: 3.20 metres
Length: 10.97 metres
Wingspan: 15.20 metres
Max. Weight: 2,475 Kg
Empty Weight: 1,450.5 Kg
Range: 970 Km, 4 hours endurance
Max. Speed: 259 kmh
Cruise Speed: 203 kmh

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This product was added to our catalog on Wednesday 20 June, 2012.

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