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Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Narrative: The Spitfire Flipped over while trying to take off. The pilot was slightly injured but taken to hospital. An 18-year-old woman on the public was injured on the shoulder by a projection (propeler blades) was transported to the hospital, and a 48-year-old man later complained of a trauma to her leg but was not transported to the hospital.
25-APR-2018 - BEA final report:
3 - LESSONS LEARNED AND CONCLUSION
A too fast flight line during the take-off roll led to the aircraft tipping forward and then overturning. The pilot was making his first flight on this aircraft, and his experience on other vintage aircraft was able to skew his approach to take off on a Spitfire. A first flight on an aircraft carries a greater risk of accident, all the more so with a highly powered aircraft such as the Spitfire. Flights on Spitfire are infrequent(5) and opportunities to drop a pilot on this aircraft are rare. However, the decision to make a first flight on this type of aircraft did not take into account the significant increase in risk in the event of runway excursions or debris projections due to the presence of the public.