Accident Rans S-6ES Coyote 974-GQ , Monday 30 March 2015
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Date:Monday 30 March 2015
Type:Silhouette image of generic COY2 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Rans S-6ES Coyote
Registration: 974-GQ
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Tan Rouge -   Reunion
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Cambaie
Destination airport:Cambaie
Investigating agency: BEA
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Crashed. The fabric of the upper surface of the right wing was found near the wreck.

The accident was caused by the loss of the canvas on the upper surface of the right wing leading to a loss of control.
In the event of loss of control, the use of a safety ballistic parachute can reduce the severity of injuries on impact with the ground, as long as it is activated under the required speed and height conditions. This device was not used by the pilot, as the extraction fuse had been removed, rendering it inoperative.
The interfacing anomalies may have led to premature wear of the fabric and its progressive shearing by the coating plate. The development of corrosion inside the wing indicates that this degradation was not recent.
However, it could not be determined if the pilot was aware of it.
The exposure of ULM to UV rays and salt air, due to its storage outside near the ocean and its regular overflight activity over the lagoon, was probably an aggravating factor.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: BEA
Report number: 
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 3 years and 6 months
Download report: Final report


Revision history:

10-Apr-2015 19:30 harro Added
25-Sep-2018 16:07 harro Updated [Operator, Narrative, Accident report, ]

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