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Time:20:05 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic VL3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Aveko VL-3E-1 Evolution
Registration: LY-VLA
C/n / msn: VL-3-120
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Paluknys -   Lithuania
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:EYVP
Destination airport:EYVP
Investigating agency: TAIID Lithiuania
At 20:05 on 19 April 2014, an ultralight aircraft VL-3 Evolution piloted by a citizen of the Republic of Lithuania, took off for a pleasure flight from Paluknys aerodrome.
Shortly after the take off the ultralight aircraft entered a flat spin and hit the ground in Madžiūnai forest, Vilnius district, the Republic of Lithuania. The aircraft was destroyed due to the impact with trees and the ground. The pilot and the passenger died on the spot. The wreckage of the ultralight aircraft was found the next morning.

Causal factor
The accident to the ultralight aircraft VL-3 Evolution occurred due to performance of a vertical turn which is an aerobatic manoeuvre. For that reason, the ultralight aircraft was directed towards above critical angle of attack and then stalled. Therefore, the ultralight aircraft started a left spin which because of the inappropriate actions related to the completion of the spin, developed into a flat left spin. There were insufficient time and height available to effect a recovery from the spin.

Contributory factors
According to the ultralight aircrafts pilot practical training programme approved by the Director of the Civil Aviation Administration of the Republic of Lithuania, pilots are not trained to recover from spins, because a spin is an aerobatic manoeuvre and ultralight aircrafts are not allowed to perform acrobatic flights. Thus, the pilot had not received any training to recover from the spin with a powered aircraft.
When the ultralight aircraft entered a spin, the change of unexpected and unusual attitude led to the spatial disorientation of the pilot. It also contributed to the cause for the incorrect reactions and inappropriate actions. During the flight the ballistic parachute rescue system activation handle was blocked by a safety pin with a control flag. For that reason, when the aircraft entered a spin, the pilot could not use the ultralight aircraft rescue system.


Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: TAIID Lithiuania
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 4 years and 2 months
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

21-Apr-2014 17:18 kukanotas Added
27-Jun-2018 18:18 harro Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Cn, Narrative]

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