Loss of control Accident B&F Technik FK-9 SW 912UL 974PQ, Saturday 6 August 2022
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Date:Saturday 6 August 2022
Time:c. 15:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic FK9 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
B&F Technik FK-9 SW 912UL
Owner/operator:Papangue ULM Réunion
Registration: 974PQ
MSN: 09-06-006
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Category:Accident
Location:Cambaie ULM base, Saint-Paul -   Reunion
Phase: Approach
Nature:Training
Departure airport:Saint-Denis-Roland Garros Airport, Réunion (RUN/FMEE)
Destination airport:Cambaie ULM base
Investigating agency: BEA
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Narrative:
A B&F Technik FK-9 Mark VI crashed at Cambaie ULM base, Saint-Paul. The instructor died and the trainee pilot received serious injuries and the ultralight was written off.

Control was during manoeuvres on final approach. One of the training objectives of this instruction session was to carry out an “S” approach with the engine in idle.
The presence of a tailwind component when the pilot was carrying out this exercise may have prompted him to make tighter turns. Just before the loss of control, the microlight was at a low height, close to the runway threshold and offset to its RH side. This seems to indicate that they were in a situation where the exercise could no longer be safely carried out to its conclusion. The investigation was not able to explain the reasons why the instructor did not bring the exercise to a stop earlier. It is, however, possible, that as the back rest of the instructor’s seat was not locked, this could have prevented him from effectively taking the controls (or interfered with the pilot’s actions).

The company manager had informed the instructor of the absence of the left seat locking bar and had put 974PQ in a hanger locked by key. However, the instructor minimised the risks associated with the seat not being locked and decided to carry out a flight on this microlight in order not to disturb people sat at a table in front of the club hangar and blocking the access to the other two FK9.

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: BEA
Report number: BEA2022-0381
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 11 months
Download report: Final report

Sources:

https://www.zinfos974.com/St-Paul-Un-ULM-s-ecrase-un-mort-un-blesse-grave_a185850.html
https://www.clicanoo.re/article/faits-divers/2022/08/06/saint-paul-un-mort-et-un-blesse-grave-dans-un-accident-dulm
https://www.20minutes.fr/faits_divers/3334615-20220806-reunion-mort-blesse-grave-accident-ulm

https://cdn.jetphotos.com/full/5/22060_1579111516.jpg (photo)

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06-Aug-2022 23:47 Iceman 29 Updated [Category]
06-Aug-2022 23:49 Iceman 29 Updated [Location]
07-Aug-2022 02:06 RobertMB Updated [Time, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
07-Aug-2022 02:24 RobertMB Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Operator, Source, Damage, Narrative]
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07-Aug-2022 18:40 harro Updated [Location, Departure airport]
09-Jul-2024 12:08 ASN Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative, Accident report]

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