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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 24733
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Date:03-FEB-2004
Time:16:30
Type:Silhouette image of generic FOX model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Denney Kitfox 2
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: G-BTBN
C/n / msn: PFA172-11859
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:La Rochebeaucourt-et-Argentine - 24 -   France
Phase: Take off
Nature:Private
Departure airport:La Rochebeaucourt-et-Argentine, France
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: BEA
Narrative:
After several adjustments and checks engine operation made two days earlier, the pilot began taxiing trials on the track without intending to take off.

A witness on the ground, friend of the pilot, saw the aircraft circling front of the hangar and away to the threshold of runway 13. Shortly after, he observed the aircraft run on the track for two hundred meters and take off suddenly. The aircraft evolves to ten meters, then disappears from sight crashed eighty meters south of the end of runway 13.

The witness, a friend of the pilot confirmed that he had not intended to take off. He just wanted to try the engine running at full speed. He specifies that the pilot did not check before starting up and taxiing. The ultralight took off and went to the shed where he was. He heard distinctly lower engine speed and thought the pilot was attempting to land. The running distance for a normal takeoff is about sixty meters.

A second witness saw the aircraft rise to ten meters in height with a low speed. It seemed to him that the engine was idling. He saw the aircraft then lost sight of it before the collision with the ground.

Driver suffers amnesia on the time interval between arrival at the aerodrome and its recovery of consciousness in the hospital.

Sources:

https://www.bea.aero/docspa/2004/g-bn040203/htm/g-bn040203.html

http://www.bea.aero/docspa/2004/g-bn040203/pdf/g-bn040203.pdf
http://www.kitfox.eu/united-kingdom-kitfoxes/g-btbn.html
http://www.caa.co.uk/aircraft-registration/

Accident investigation:
cover
  
Investigating agency: BEA
Status: Investigation completed
Duration:
Download report: Final report

Media:


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
23-Nov-2012 16:51 Dr. John Smith Updated [Aircraft type, Cn, Operator, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]

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