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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 195135
Last updated: 31 July 2020
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Date:30-APR-2017
Time:16:50
Type:Silhouette image of generic VL3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
JMB Aircraft VL-3A Evolution
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: 83-ANS
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Roquebrune-sur-Argens (Var) -   France
Phase: En route
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Fréjus ULM Base
Destination airport:Fréjus ULM Base
Investigating agency: BEA
Narrative:
The 70 year old male pilot and his 45 year old female passenger (both French) died in the crash of their ultralight at 17h on the territory of Roquebrune-sur Argens. The aircraft went into a spin at about 1100 ft and impacted terrain.

CONCLUSION
While flying at a height of approximately 500 ft, the pilot made a first climbing turn at a very steep angle, which he completed while descending again. About 50 seconds later, he performed this maneuver again. When the load factor reached its maximum, the speed was lower than at the first turn. The ULM stalled and went into a spin. The pilot failed to recover control of the ULM before the collision with the ground.

BEA notes that many videos on the Internet show pilots performing maneuvers outside the flight range provided by the flight manual, including turns with banks greater than 60°.

Sources:

https://www.ouest-france.fr/provence-alpes-cote-dazur/var/var-deux-morts-dans-un-crash-d-ulm-4962835
http://www.varmatin.com/faits-divers/ce-que-lon-sait-sur-le-crash-dulm-qui-a-coute-la-vie-a-ses-deux-occupants-133459
https://www.bea.aero/en/investigation-reports/notified-events/detail/event/perte-de-controle-en-vol-collision-avec-le-sol-15/

Accident investigation:
cover
  
Investigating agency: BEA
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 3 months
Download report: Final report


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
01-May-2017 14:05 brocky Added
01-May-2017 15:55 Anon. Updated [Narrative]
02-May-2017 06:58 Anon. Updated [Aircraft type, Source]
24-May-2017 17:18 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Other fatalities, Source]
23-Aug-2017 16:17 harro Updated [Narrative]
24-Aug-2018 13:40 harro Updated [Time, Destination airport, Narrative, Accident report, ]
26-Sep-2018 14:30 harro Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport]

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