AAIB investigation to Ikarus C42 FB80 Bravo, G-MRSS

Stalled on takeoff at Eshott Airfield on 21 September 2015.


On the accident flight, the handling pilot was a flex-wing microlight instructor who wished to convert to 3-axis machines and was receiving instruction from an Assistant Flying Instructor who was appropriately rated. The wind was from 265°at 7 kt, gusting 11 kt and the visibility was good.

Having completed the pre-start and post-start checks, the pilot taxied to the threshold of Runway 26 where he completed the pre-flight checks and deployed the first stage of flap. The instructor advised him to position the control column just aft of neutral during the takeoff roll so that the nosewheel would lift off as flying speed was reached. When this happened, however, the instructor reports that the aircraft became airborne but the nose rose too high. The pilot pushed forward on the column but the instructor could see that the nose was still too high so, at a height of about 50 ft, he took control and pushed the stick further forward to recover speed. However, the left wing dropped, the aircraft started to drift left and the instructor was unable to prevent the aircraft from impacting in a field to the left of the runway.

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Ikarus C42 FB80 Bravo, G-MRSS 12-15

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Published 10 December 2015