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Time:c. 10:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic PIVI model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Pipistrel Virus SW 121
Owner/operator:Ifly Electric UK Ltd
Registration: G-OVSI
MSN: VSW1210029
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Albert – Picardie Airport (BYF/LFAQ) -   France
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Damyns Hall
Destination airport:Albert/Bray Airport (BYF/LFAQ)
Investigating agency: BEA
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The pilot of G-OVSI was making a trip from Damyns Hall Aerodrome (United Kingdom) to Portorož (Slovenia). This trip was made with another pilot aboard a second Virus SW 121. The pilots planned to make a first stop at the Albert Bray Airfield to carry out customs formalities.
The approach and landing were carried out in crosswind conditions compatible with the limitations of Virus SW 121.
During landing, the pilot of G-OVSI flew over the runway at a height of approximately 1.50 m with the intention of touching down further and thus performing a shorter taxi.
During this overflight phase, the aeroplane's speed of around 43 kt was lower than the stall speed established as the limitation of use in the flight manual for the chosen configuration (47 kt). It was closer to the stall speed estimated by the manufacturer in the flight conditions (42 kt).
The aircraft was destabilized twice in roll, probably due to crosswind variations. During the second destabilization, which occurred when the pilot had initiated the power reduction to land, the aircraft bounced on the runway. The pilot then increased the power. The investigation could not establish whether it was a voluntary action on his part and, if so, what his intention was.
The attitude and roll changes which followed seem to indicate a loss of control of the flight path by the pilot. It is not possible to say whether the pitch actions were commanded or not. The airplane most likely stalled at the end of this phase.


Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: BEA
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year 1 month
Download report: Final report



Photo: BEA

Revision history:

09-May-2021 09:54 gerard57 Added
09-May-2021 10:37 RobertMB Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Location, Source, Damage, Narrative]
09-May-2021 11:58 Aerossurance Updated [Embed code, Narrative]
09-May-2021 19:25 harro Updated [Embed code, Photo]
13-Jun-2022 09:53 harro Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative, Accident report]

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