Accident Robin DR.400/180R Remo 180 D-EWLA, Sunday 25 June 2023
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Date:Sunday 25 June 2023
Time:c. 14:30
Type:Silhouette image of generic DR40 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Robin DR.400/180R Remo 180
Owner/operator:Fliegerclub Lienzer Dolomiten
Registration: D-EWLA
MSN: 2447
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Lienz-Nikolsdorf Airfield (LOKL) -   Austria
Phase: Initial climb
Nature:Banner and glider towing
Departure airport:Lienz-Nikolsdorf Airfield (LOKL)
Destination airport:Lienz-Nikolsdorf Airfield (LOKL)
Investigating agency: UUS Austria
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
A Robin Robin DR.400/180R Remo 180 crashed near Lienz-Nikolsdorf Airfield (LOKL). The aircraft was towing a Duo Discus glider at the time. Shortly after becoming airborne the glider began to oscillate and the instructor intervened, before handing the controls back to the student pilot. At that moment the canopy opened. While both pilots were engaged in closing the canopy, the glider overtook the airplane. The aircraft crashed nose down.
The pilot died in the crash and the aircraft was destroyed by a post impact fire. The glider landed safely.

Probable causes
- Loss of control in flight (Loss of Control inflight LOC-I)
Probable factors
- The pilot of the towplane lost control of the aircraft as the glider overran the towplane, causing the tail of the towplane to be lifted and the towplane to pitch nose down at low level over ground.
- The surprise effect and the distraction of the glider pilots due to the sudden opening of the canopy contributed significantly to the accident.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: UUS Austria
Report number: 
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 10 months
Download report: Final report

Sources: (photo)

Revision history:

25-Jun-2023 14:49 gerard57 Added
25-Jun-2023 14:49 gerard57 Updated
25-Jun-2023 15:49 RobertMB Updated
26-Jun-2023 04:59 Anon. Updated
26-Jun-2023 05:01 harro Updated
26-Jun-2023 12:39 RobertMB Updated
28-Jun-2023 17:46 Anon. Updated
02-May-2024 15:45 ASN Updated [Narrative, Accident report]
02-May-2024 17:15 ASN Updated
02-May-2024 17:15 ASN Updated

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