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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 210768
Last updated: 27 March 2020
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Time:19:30 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic VEZE model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Rutan VariEze
Registration: F-PRIQ
C/n / msn: 1563
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Laneuvelotte, Meurthe-et-Moselle -   France
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Nancy-Essey Airport (ENC/LFSN)
Destination airport:Nancy-Essey Airport (ENC/LFSN)
Investigating agency: BEA
A Guidon builtRutan 33 VariEze, entered a spin and crashed just after takeoff from Essey-lès-Nancy airfield. There was a post-impact fire. The 2 occupants died on scene.
The pilot, accompanied by a passenger, took off from Nancy-Essey around 19:30. After takeoff, part of the end of the right wing, including the winglet and the right rudder, separated from the aircraft which immediately went into a spin.

As a result, the aircraft was no longer controllable by the pilot and collided with the ground about four kilometers from the end of the runway. It caught fire after the impact and was largely consumed before help arrived.
The wing fracture occurred in an area free of spar and weakened by a dissolution of the extruded polystyrene foam which composes the internal structure of the wing. The observed deterioration is compatible with the effects of a contact of this material with fuel. However, the destruction following the fire did not made it possible to check the state of this foam between the root of the wing and the rupture zone.


Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: BEA
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 12 months
Download report: Final report


Revision history:

12-May-2018 05:53 Iceman 29 Added
12-May-2018 05:55 Iceman 29 Updated [Embed code, Narrative]
12-May-2018 05:57 Iceman 29 Updated [Source]
12-May-2018 12:11 PCBGene Updated [Narrative]
12-May-2018 14:00 Geno Updated [Aircraft type, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
12-May-2018 14:14 harro Updated [Aircraft type]
12-May-2018 14:15 harro Updated [Plane category]
14-May-2018 06:20 Iceman 29 Updated [Source, Narrative]
10-May-2019 17:15 harro Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative, Accident report, ]

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