- Air Accidents Investigation Branch
- 11 May 2017
- Date of occurrence:
- 22 August 2015
- Aircraft category:
- Sport aviation and balloons
- Report type:
- Bulletin - Correspondence investigation
- Aircraft type:
- Zenair CH 601 XL (P) Zodiac
- Near Sandown Airport, Isle of Wight
Crashed after takeoff, near Sandown Airport, Isle of Wight, 22 August 2015.
The pilot took off from Sandown Airport and the aircraft immediately started an unintended turn to the left. The pilot applied right rudder and right aileron in an effort to counter the turn, but the inputs appeared ineffective. A shallow climbing left turn continued until the aircraft stalled and entered an incipient spin to the left. The aircraft crashed into a grass field and caught fire but the pilot survived, sustaining serious injuries.
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Published: 11 May 2017
Date of occurrence: 22 August 2015