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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 225477
Last updated: 17 February 2021
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Time:11:30 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic PIVI model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Pipistrel Virus
Registration: I-C721
C/n / msn: 323
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Ihtiman Airfield (LBHT), Sofiya -   Bulgaria
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:Ihtiman Airfield (LBHT)
Destination airport:Draganovtzi Airfield (LBDR)
Investigating agency: AAIU Bulgaria
A Pipistrel Virus LSA crashed shortly after takeoff. There was a post impact-fire. Both occupants, a man (pilot) and a woman, died in the crash.

The immediate cause of the accident:
Putting the plane in a drill due to errors in the actions of the pilot.
The main reason for the accident:
- Violation of the Ihtiman Airfield Flight Manual;
- violation of air discipline;
- gross errors in the piloting technique and inability to get out of the created difficult situation.
Dominant and contributing cause:
- lack of control by the CAA over flights performed in non-commercial aviation by pilots holding certificates of competency leading to breaches of air discipline and arbitrariness in the performance of flights in light and ultralight aviation, especially in the operation of ultralight aircraft with foreign registration in the Bulgarian airspace.

Sources:малък-самолет-падна-край-ихтиман-има-загинали-видеоснимки (photo's)

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: AAIU Bulgaria
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report



Revision history:

26-May-2019 13:55 gerard57 Added
26-May-2019 14:33 gerard57 Updated [Narrative]
26-May-2019 14:39 RobertMB Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Source, Narrative]
26-May-2019 15:47 Iceman 29 Updated [Time, Phase, Embed code, Narrative]
26-May-2019 16:05 Iceman 29 Updated [Registration, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
26-May-2019 17:07 harro Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative]
26-May-2019 21:25 RobertMB Updated [Phase]
27-May-2019 14:14 Geno Updated [Location, Departure airport, Source]
29-May-2019 09:46 stone Updated [Registration, Destination airport, Photo]
29-May-2019 16:00 RobertMB Updated [Source]
17-Feb-2021 21:04 harro Updated [Cn, Narrative, Accident report]

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