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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 179384
Last updated: 8 June 2019
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Date:08-SEP-2015
Time:14h30
Type:Silhouette image of generic VL3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Aveko VL-3-B Sprint
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: OO-H43
C/n / msn: VL3-007
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Minor
Category:Accident
Location:Cordes, Velaines near Tournai -   Belgium
Phase: En route
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Amougies Airfield (EBAM)
Destination airport:Amougies Airfield (EBAM)
Investigating agency: AAIU Belgium
Narrative:
The pilot lost control during acrobatic figure (according Witness), the light plane impacted the terrain in a field. 2 occupants (53 and 45) were deadly injured.
they had rented the plane at Amougies.
The cause of the accident is a loss of control during an intentional manoeuvre, ending in a spin. The exact manoeuvre could not be determined with certainty, however it is likely that the pilot was conducting a ‘power on’ stall exercise or an aerobatic manoeuvre such as a ‘zero-G’ manoeuvre, a wingover or a lazy eight.
Contributing safety factors:
The decision by an inexperienced pilot to perform non-basic flight manoeuvres without the support of an instructor.
Other safety factors identified during the investigation:
- Prohibition of stalls and lack of guidance in the Flight manual.
- Although the failure of the shoulder harness attachment likely did not make a difference to the pilot’s chances of survival, the possibility exists that the same failure reduces the chances of survival in other circumstances. This could be for example the impact with an obstacle on the ground when performing a forced landing, at a comparable (rather limited) horizontal speed.
- The presence of a marking on the dashboard which can lead the pilot to mistakenly believe that the aeroplane is equipped with an emergency parachute. In case of emergency, this can cause unnecessary distraction and waste of valuable time if the pilot tries to find the lacking emergency parachute handle instead of trying to recover control.
- The lack of stall warning system, in the vast majority of ultralight aeroplanes, can prevent the pilot from realise an approaching stall situation early on.

Sources:

http://mobilit.belgium.be/sites/default/files/downloads/accidents/2015-aii-10_final.pdf

https://www.rtl.be/info/regions/hainaut/un-petite-avion-de-tourisme-s-ecrase-a-velaines-deux-morts-752522.aspx
http://www.lalibre.be/actu/belgique/deux-morts-dans-le-crash-d-un-avion-de-tourisme-a-celles-55eee5e135700fb92ec16081
https://www.planespotters.net/photo/603625/oo-h43-
Witness interviews:
https://www.notele.be/list14-l-info-en-continu-media37888-deux-morts-dans-un-accident-d-avion.html
https://www.rtbf.be/video/detail_accident-d-avion-a-cordes-temoignage-et-interview-du-bourgmestre?id=2041619
https://www.rtbf.be/info/regions/hainaut/detail_frasnes-crash-d-un-petit-avion-de-tourisme-a-cordes?id=9074443

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: AAIU Belgium
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 years and 7 months
Download report: Final report


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
08-Sep-2015 15:22 Iceman29 Added
08-Sep-2015 15:23 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Embed code, Plane category]
08-Sep-2015 17:36 Iceman29 Updated [Cn, Operator, Departure airport, Source, Damage, Narrative, Plane category]
08-Sep-2015 18:15 Iceman29 Updated [Phase, Source, Narrative, Plane category]
27-Sep-2015 06:45 StreetF117 Updated [Cn]
26-Sep-2016 19:48 harro Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
26-Sep-2016 19:48 harro Updated [Phase, Nature]
25-Apr-2018 19:24 harro Updated [Narrative]

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