Accident Colomban MC-15 Cri-Cri PH-THE, 21 Sep 2013
ASN logo
ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 160806
This information is added by users of ASN. Neither ASN nor the Flight Safety Foundation are responsible for the completeness or correctness of this information. If you feel this information is incomplete or incorrect, you can submit corrected information.

Time:17:55 LT
Type:Colomban MC-15 Cri-Cri
Registration: PH-THE
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Marville Airfield - LFYK -   France
Phase: Taxi
Departure airport:Montmedy-Marville Airport (LFYK)
Destination airport:Montmedy-Marville Airport (LFYK)
Investigating agency: BEA
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The pilot, owner of the aircraft, took off from runway 12 for a local test flight after fitting two Electravia electrical engines.
Several witnesses reported that they saw the aircraft return about ten minutes after takeoff, flying over runway 30 left at a height of about 30 m. They added that the aircraft was flying with a high pitch attitude and low speed. As the aircraft reached the threshold of runway 12 right, they saw it turn right towards runway 12 left before tilting to the right and suddenly losing height.
The aircraft hit the ground between the threshold of runway 12 left and the displaced threshold. A few minutes later, as rescue personnel arrived, the aircraft caught fire.

The pilot made the first flights since the installation of the electric engines.
He undertook a flight at a weight greater than the maximum takeoff weight.
The witnesses observed the aircraft flying with a large attitude, at low speed and low height. The aircraft stalled on the last turn.
The low height did not allow the pilot to regain control of the aircraft before it hit the ground.
The investigation could not determine the origin of the stall. The stall may have been the result of incorrect monitoring of parameters and trajectory and/or insufficient engine power during the overload flight.
Contrary to an internal combustion engine, the power delivered by an electric motor is directly related to the state of charge of the battery: it decreases gradually when the battery is discharged before falling brutally when the battery reaches the end of its autonomy.


Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: BEA
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 5 months
Download report: Final report


PH-THE still with original engines at Seppe (EHSE), 27 June 2009; (c) Harro Ranter.

Revision history:

22-Sep-2013 06:54 LowFlyer Added
22-Sep-2013 06:57 harro Updated [Operator, Source, Photo, ]
22-Sep-2013 12:41 Alpine Flight Updated [Time, Other fatalities, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport]
10-Mar-2023 18:22 harro Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative, Accident report]

Corrections or additions? ... Edit this accident description

The Aviation Safety Network is an exclusive service provided by:
Quick Links:

CONNECT WITH US: FSF on social media FSF Facebook FSF Twitter FSF Youtube FSF LinkedIn FSF Instagram

©2023 Flight Safety Foundation

1920 Ballenger Av, 4th Fl.
Alexandria, Virginia 22314