Accident Mainair Blade Flexwing Microlight G-BYLK, Wednesday 2 January 2002
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Date:Wednesday 2 January 2002
Type:Silhouette image of generic blad model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Mainair Blade Flexwing Microlight
Owner/operator:Hummingbird Microlight Flying Training Ltd
Registration: G-BYLK
MSN: 1201-0699-7-
Year of manufacture:1999
Engine model:ROTAX 582-2V
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Abbey Farm, Alby Hill, Norwich, Norfolk -   United Kingdom
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Abbey Farm, Alby Hill, Norwich, Norfolk
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: AAIB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Written off (damaged beyond repair) when crashed on take off from Abbey Farm, Alby Hill, Norwich, Norfolk 2/1/2002. Of the two persons on board, the instructor was seriosuly injured, and the pilopt under training was killed. According to the following excerpt from the official AAIB report into the accident:

"During the takeoff run, the student, who was in control of the aircraft during the initial part of the take off roll, kept the control bar in the neutral position as the aircraft accelerated. The instructor, who did not have his hands on the control bar, recalled that the aircraft accelerated well when power was applied.

When 'the speed felt right' he indicated to the student to push the bar forward for rotation, which he did. The student then, correctly, brought the bar back towards neutral as the aircraft rotated and climbed to approximately 10 feet above the ground. The airspeed continued to increase but the aircraft did not climb.

The instructor had the impression that the student was holding the bar too far back, preventing the aircraft from climbing. He assumed control and moved the bar forward to establish a climbing attitude. The aircraft, however, failed to climb.

At this point, the instructor, now becoming concerned that they might collide with the trees and power lines at the far end of the field, initiated a turn to the left. He estimated that the aircraft was by now only 10 to 15 feet above the ground. During the turn the left wing tip contacted the ground.

The trike subsequently collided heavily with the ground and rolled over, seriously injuring the instructor and causing the student to receive fatal head injuries"

Damage sustained to airframe: Per the AAIB report "Substantial damage to trike". The damage was presumably enough to render the airframe as "beyond repair" as the registration G-BYLK was cancelled as "destroyed" on 13/08/2002

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: AAIB
Report number: EW/C2002/01/01
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report


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Revision history:

03-Jan-2012 03:15 gerard57 Added
15-May-2013 14:56 Dr. John Smith Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Location, Departure airport, Source, Embed code, Damage, Narrative]
15-May-2013 14:59 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
15-May-2013 15:02 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
15-May-2013 15:02 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time]
19-Jul-2016 15:57 Dr.John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]

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