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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 195765
Last updated: 9 October 2021
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Date:29-MAY-2017
Time:16:40 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic C42 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Comco Ikarus C42 FB100
Owner/operator:C-More Flying Club
Registration: G-FLYM
MSN: 0707-6903
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Category:Accident
Location:Dolly's Brae, Castlewellan Forest Park, County Down -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Kernan microlight site
Destination airport:Kernan microlight site
Investigating agency: AAIB
Narrative:
Crashed in wooded mountainous terrain. Both occupants received minor injuries, were treated at the crash scene by paramedics, and then released.
The instructor who advised the pilot before the flight probably wanted him to stay within a few miles of the airfield due to the low cloudbase. However, the pilot considered that it was safe to fly further than this as long as the cloudbase remained above 1,000 ft. He had probably not realised that he was heading towards terrain that was as high as 750 ft on his return leg from Newry. It is noted that, even when travelling at a typical C42 cruise speed of 85 kt, the ‘situation ahead’ can change rapidly and low cloud can hide the tops of hills.

Sources:

1. AAIB: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/media/5a3cc41eed915d6be6a8b85e/Ikarus_C42_G-FLYM_01-18.pdf
2. CAA: https://publicapps.caa.co.uk/modalapplication.aspx?catid=1&pagetype=65&appid=1&mode=reg&fullregmark=FLYM
3. https://www.thesun.ie/news/1063604/light-aircraft-crash-in-castleweallan-forest-park-in-co-down/
4. http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/castlewellan-forest-park-aircraft-crash-two-people-escape-serious-injury-after-plane-comes-down-in-co-down-35767539.html
5. http://www.c-moreflyingschool.com/gallery/photos/g-flym-aerosport-ikarus-c42.html
6. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-40090631
7. https://www.facebook.com/MourneMRT/photos/a.181981801816183.49515.181976931816670/1692683764079305/?type=3&theater
8. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-40086599
9. http://www.itv.com/news/utv/update/2017-05-29/two-hurt-in-castlewellan-light-aircraft-crash/
10. https://www.nifrs.org/incidents/page/2/

Accident investigation:
cover
  
Investigating agency: AAIB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 7 months
Download report: Final report


Images:

Photo of G-FLYM courtesy AirHistory.net


Clonbullogue (EICL)
15 July 2012; (c) Gerry Barron

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
29-May-2017 18:17 gerard57 Added
29-May-2017 19:47 harro Updated [Source]
29-May-2017 20:54 Geno Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Source, Damage, Narrative]
29-May-2017 21:37 Aerossurance Updated [Time, Narrative]
30-May-2017 06:17 JINX Updated [Aircraft type, Narrative]
21-Jun-2017 16:09 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
12-Jan-2018 07:12 harro Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport, Embed code, Narrative]
13-Jan-2018 20:14 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]
19-Sep-2018 17:53 harro Updated [Embed code, Accident report, ]

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