AAIB investigation to Ikarus C42 FB100, G-CDNR

Loss of control on takeoff, near Burrows Lane, Middle Stoke, Kent, 20 March 2016.

Summary:

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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Ikarus C42 FB100, G-CDNR 05-17

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Published 11 May 2017