Grumman AA-1B, G-BDLS, 17 November 2005

Grumman AA-1B, G-BDLS


A recently qualified pilot was on a flight with a passenger when the aircraft entered a spin. The pilot was unable to recover from the spin and the aircraft crashed. The pilot and passenger were fatally injured. The aircraft had no apparent defects prior to the accident although it was found to be overweight and the Centre of Gravity (CG) was beyond the aft limit. It is considered that a combination of the aircraft’s weight, its CG being out of limits, and the pilot’s inexperience, all lead to the aircraft unintentionally entering a spin. The aircraft was not certified for spinning.

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Published 10 December 2014