Accident Robin DR.300/140 F-BSPK, Sunday 24 September 2023
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Date:Sunday 24 September 2023
Type:Silhouette image of generic DR30 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Robin DR.300/140
Owner/operator:Aéroclub de Calais
Registration: F-BSPK
MSN: 614
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:near Calais Airport (CQF/LFAC) -   France
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Calais Airport (CQF/LFAC)
Destination airport:Calais Airport (CQF/LFAC)
Investigating agency: BEA
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Returning from a discovery flight, the pilot entered the right hand downwind leg for runway 24 at an altitude of approximately 1,200 ft. During the base leg, at an altitude of 790 ft, the plane collided with kite strings handled by kite flyers who were practicing undeclared kite fighting.
The restraining lines, about 500 meters long and coated on their upper part with an abrasive material, cut into the left and right sides of the wing as well as the pitot-static system, rendering it inoperative. No jolts were felt on board, and no alarms or indicators were triggered. The pilot was unaware of the collision. At the end of the base leg, at an altitude of approximately 500 ft, he noticed that the airspeed indicated on the airspeed indicator was gradually dropping until it reached zero at the beginning of the final approach. He applied the "airspeed indicator failure" procedure and landed without further incident.

On the ground he noticed a cable attached to the plane, that the pitot probe had been torn off and that the two wings of the aircraft had been heavily cut on each side by the cable.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: BEA
Report number: BEA2023-0441
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 9 months
Download report: Final report



Revision history:

09-Oct-2023 14:18 harro Added
09-Oct-2023 14:18 harro Updated
16-Jul-2024 14:35 ASN Updated [Total occupants, Location, Narrative, Accident report]

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