Aviation safety investigations & reports

Loss of control - Sapphire Ultralight, 12 km W Bairnsdale, Vic, 26 July 1987

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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After takeoff, the aircraft was observed to accelerate at a low height above the strip. At the upwind end, the pilot initiated a steep climb and a steep turn to the right, however the aircraft stalled at about 150 feet above the ground. The aircraft struck the ground heavily and slid into a ringlock fence. The pilot freed himself from the wreckage, and the engine which was still running at high speed, was shut down by a spectator. The pilot reported that after the ultralight stalled, he had the stick full back, but the aircraft would not recover. The aircraft stalled as a result of the steep climbing turn but recovery was not effected due to incorrect stall recovery technique.

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General details
Date: 26 July 1987   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1632    
Location: Redcourt (12 km W Bairnsdale)    
State: Victoria   Occurrence type: Loss of control  
Release date: 21 September 1987   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Minor  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Scott Winton  
Aircraft model Sapphire Ultralight  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Redcourt, VIC  
Departure time 1632  
Destination Redcourt, VIC  
Last update 09 May 2016