Mid-air collision Accident Aeroprakt A-22L Foxbat EC-GU1, 25 Aug 2019
ASN logo
ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 228504
This information is added by users of ASN. Neither ASN nor the Flight Safety Foundation are responsible for the completeness or correctness of this information. If you feel this information is incomplete or incorrect, you can submit corrected information.

Time:13:35 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic AP22 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Aeroprakt A-22L Foxbat
Registration: EC-GU1
MSN: A22L-17-075
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:5
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Inca, Mallorca, Balearic Islands -   Spain
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Binissalem Airfield
Destination airport:Binissalem Airfield
Investigating agency: CIAIAC
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
A Bell 206L-3 LongRanger III (D-HOTT) and an Aeroprakt A22L Foxbat (EC-GU1) crashed following a mid-air collision accident over Inca, Mallorca, Balearic Islands.
The helicopter, which was operating a scenic flight with four passengers onboard, impacted a garden and burst into flames.
The ultralight impacted a fence and burst into flames.
Both aircraft were destroyed. The pilot and four passengers onboard the helicopter and the two occupants onboard the ultralight perished.

The aircraft were on converging trajectories travelling in opposite directions, with the ultralight slightly below and to the left of the helicopter, according to the latter’s direction of travel.
Up until the instant before the collision, the pilots were unaware of the presence of another aircraft in their surroundings. At the last moment, the pilots became aware of the imminent collision and performed an evasive manoeuvre: the helicopter lowering its nose and turning to the right, causing the main rotor blades’ plane of rotation to be practically vertical, and the ultralight applying power to rise slightly above the helicopter.
At that moment, the blade that rotates in an anti-clockwise direction hits the ultralight’s left wing, severing the tip and its flaperon.
Subsequently, and as a consequence of losing lift from its left wing, the ultralight veered sharply to the left, moving its stabiliser and rudder towards the main rotor’s plane of rotation, which resulted in the next blade completely severing the top of the stabiliser and partially severing the rudder.
At the same time, the ultralight’s forward momentum caused its front underside to hit the helicopter’s vertical stabiliser, which houses the tail rotor, causing it to break into two parts and subsequently fall off.

The ultralight, which was now missing part of its left wing and its stabiliser, entered a left-hand spin, causing it to impact the ground in an inverted position.

The helicopter, with its main rotor blades damaged and without a tail rotor or vertical stabiliser, began to spin out of control in a clockwise direction, descending until it finally crashes into the ground.

Causes/contributing factors:
The most likely cause of the accident was insufficient airspace surveillance.



Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: CIAIAC
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report


Revision history:

25-Aug-2019 13:59 Geno Added
25-Aug-2019 14:35 RobertMB Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Nature, Source, Damage, Narrative]
25-Aug-2019 15:12 RobertMB Updated [Location, Narrative, Plane category]
25-Aug-2019 17:00 gerard57 Updated [Other fatalities, Source, Narrative]
25-Aug-2019 18:01 harro Updated [Narrative]
25-Aug-2019 18:14 RobertMB Updated [Time, Source, Narrative]
25-Aug-2019 19:07 Iceman 29 Updated [Time, Embed code]
25-Aug-2019 20:57 Iceman 29 Updated [Embed code]
25-Aug-2019 21:18 Captain Adam Updated [Location, Narrative]
26-Aug-2019 15:29 harro Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative]
01-Sep-2019 11:51 MarkStep Updated [Source]
28-Aug-2022 19:21 harro Updated [Narrative, Category, Accident report]

Corrections or additions? ... Edit this accident description

The Aviation Safety Network is an exclusive service provided by:
Quick Links:

CONNECT WITH US: FSF Facebook FSF Twitter FSF Youtube FSF LinkedIn FSF Instagram

©2023 Flight Safety Foundation

1920 Ballenger Av., 4th Fl.
Alexandria, Virginia 22314