Accident Air Copter A3C-T 08-LK ?, Friday 8 June 2018
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Date:Friday 8 June 2018
Time:c. 14.00 LT
Type:Air Copter A3C-T
Registration: 08-LK ?
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:2 km from Matagne-la-Petite Airfield, Doische, Namur -   Belgium
Phase: Unknown
Departure airport:Doische-Matagne-la-Petite Ulmodrome (EBMG)
Destination airport:Doische-Matagne-la-Petite Ulmodrome (EBMG)
Investigating agency: AAIU Belgium
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The owner (81 years old) of the gyrocopter went to Matagne-la-Petite airfield (EBMG) with the intention to perform a flight. There was nobody present at the airfield at the time. The pilot took-off without notifying anyone of his intentions. After the gyrocopter and the pilot were reported missing, the police started to search for the aircraft. The wreckage was found the day after the accident at 600 metres from the airfield. The pilot was found deceased.

The accident was caused by a loss of control in flight. The direct cause of this loss of control could not be determined. It could have been due to excessive vibrations or the consequence of either insufficient handling following an engine failure or incapacitation of the pilot.

Possible contributing factors
To a loss of control:
• Excessive play in the flight control linkages, resulting in an imprecise roll and pitch control.
• The play in the flight controls could have made possible an amplification of the vibrations generated by the damaged propeller and the rotor blades.
• Poor workmanship in the performance of engine maintenance and inadequate monitoring of the engine performance leading to a possible engine failure

To a medical issue:
• The age of the pilot.
• The absence of a recurrent aeromedical examination.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: AAIU Belgium
Report number: 
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report



Revision history:

09-Jun-2018 14:46 jan_olieslagers Added
09-Jun-2018 14:48 harro Updated [Location, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport]
09-Jun-2018 14:49 jan_olieslagers Updated [Source]
09-Jun-2018 19:06 Iceman 29 Updated [Source, Damage, Narrative, Photo, ]
09-Jun-2018 19:07 Iceman 29 Updated [Time, Photo, ]
10-Jun-2018 12:39 Anon. Updated [Aircraft type, Source, Damage, Plane category]
04-Jul-2019 07:42 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative, Accident report, ]
08-Nov-2022 20:29 Ron Averes Updated [Location]

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