An accident investigation is a very precise methodical process that requires concise documentation of every known aspect of the aircraft and all associated media (ATC,DVR, CVR as applicable) and whiteness statements (Controllers, pilots in the area etc) the list is nearly endless. Elimination of non causal factors have to be made to ensure a complete investigation. What if it was the propellor that broke and hit the fuselage? What if there was an engine fire that went into the cabin? Avionics, tail separation, window blew out. Wing damage, when did it happen? You can not tell from a photo you have to be a trained investigator and be there. Speculation is a dangerous thing and to do the family and families justice it is best left to the NTSB and associated organisations. Hopefully a preliminary report will be out soon to give more detail.
I highly doubt that sabotage is a likely cause of this event. The Casey Anthony involvement was only on a single flight long ago. I'd surmise that a defective part or a maintenance error led to the in flight wing separation. It will be difficult to determine the root cause, but the NTSB will do their best.
I don't fault the Pilatus which has a good safety record, but obviously if there's a second incident like this one in the future, it would be cause for concern that the defect could be on other aircraft.
Does anyone doubt this was not related to flying directly into a thunderstorm, which the pilot was warned about?
I guess all we can do is wait and see. If you google "Pilatus PC-12 crash in FL", you can see pics. Looks like more than half of the right wing is gone. It either broke off in flight or when the plane crashed. The plane is mostly in one piece.
FAA and NTSB have not released any information as to the cause of this accident. They are professionals trained to investigate and determine the factors involved with any aviation accident or incident.
This article uses the words 'it appears to be.......authorities say' or 'according to investigators, the wreckage indicates........'. I would have expected the author of this article to identify these individuals. This is all speculation to add interest to an already inaccurate report of this occurrence and ending with the titillating assumption that sabotage could be involved.
It's no wonder why these professionals, with a mandate by Congress to investigate these tragic circumstances,don't speculate. It's also the main reason why these professional investigators don't give interviews with the media.
My sympathies and condolences to the families .
In the absence of a definitive report from the NTSB in regard to the cause of this tragic accident, there will inevitably be speculation in the media, by aviation experts and by amateurs on message boards. That is human nature and freedom of speech.
While I find it interesting to read discusssion as to the possible root causes of an aviation accident, I am most interested in reading the final report from the NTSB.