- Air Accidents Investigation Branch
- 11 May 2017
- Date of occurrence:
- 20 March 2016
- Aircraft category:
- Sport aviation and balloons
- Report type:
- Bulletin - Field investigation
- Aircraft type:
- Ikarus C42 FB100
- Stoke Airfield, near Burrows Lane, Middle Stoke, Kent
Loss of control on takeoff, near Burrows Lane, Middle Stoke, Kent, 20 March 2016.
The pilot, who was converting to three-axis microlights, was flying solo following three training flights that morning. The aircraft was seen to become airborne and then climb very steeply, achieving an extreme nose-up attitude described by a witness as “hanging on the prop”. The left wing dropped and the aircraft descended, colliding with high tension power cables adjacent to the runway. It then struck the ground and an intense post-crash fire broke out. The pilot was fatally injured.
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Published: 11 May 2017
Date of occurrence: 20 March 2016