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Pilot and 7 year old passenger in fatal accident In Ireland

Old 12th Jun 2018, 19:48
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Seems the 'skydiver hitting the Stab' theory is out.
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Old 16th May 2019, 10:58
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interim report -
http://www.aaiu.ie/sites/default/fil...202019-005.pdf
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Old 17th May 2019, 12:51
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Box ticking exercise, hopefully the full report will contain some substance
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Old 22nd May 2019, 21:10
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Originally Posted by megan
Not aware of the Irish rules but pilots are generally required to wear chutes for the just in case. Bet the child would not have one. A review of what can happen jump flying,

https://www.atsb.gov.au/media/24546/...101903_001.pdf
I used to fly jumpers in Ireland (the State and the North) and I don't recall any rules in the Free State. In the North (UK) I had to be approved by the BSPA.
That said, I never carried passengers. Everybody who got in was gone for the landing.

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Old 10th Jul 2019, 12:24
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Tragic accident
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Old 10th Jul 2019, 18:34
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Witness observation of " sideways " suggests side slip for a rapid descent may be the cause. If that was the case, I wouldn`t have thought it would be a clever trick with a Caravan, especially if the slip was continued for any duration during the descent.
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Old 21st Mar 2020, 09:42
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Final report now published. I am just reading it now. http://www.aaiu.ie/sites/default/fil...l%20Report.pdf
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Old 21st Mar 2020, 14:22
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Wow, that is the most thorough and complete accident report I think I've ever seen! My admiration to the team who investigated and created that report!

It seems possible that the pilot mishandled the plane to the point of spinning it. I've spun a Grand Caravan a number of times during formal flight testing. The plane will enter and recover in accordance with the requirements, though the spin is more extreme than a pilot might have come to be used to flying spin approved Cessnas. The spin looks like this:


The airplane with forward C of G takes a very nose down attitude (as much as 80 degrees, I saw), and must be allowed to accelerate before being pulled out of the dive. My recoveries were generally approaching Vne, and more than 2G (I had equipped the test plane with a G meter). As the Caravan POH states, ailerons should not be used during spin recovery, as the corresponding roll spoiler also goes up, and delays the recovery. Spin recovery is rudder only.

Engine torque, as noted, can also delay spin recovery. The first action in the POH for spin recovery is power to idle. I have done flight test spins in other types where the entry was required at 75% power, and the result was often a snap roll, rather than descending spin.

Last December I was flight testing another Grand Caravan. Though Transport Canada Flight Test Branch [of Aircraft Certification] did not require me to deliberately enter spins for this testing, they did require a demonstration of spin resistance with the modification. I was required to take the plane to the point of stall break, entering with 30 degree angle of bank, 75% power, and one ball out (which I found was pretty much full pedal application) - both to the left and to the right. The plane handled these aggravated stall entries very well, and though dropping a wing, and going around a little, recovered right away when recovery control inputs were made. Altitude loss was minimal.

The Caravan is excellently designed to be spin resistant, and I have validated this during several flight test programs for modification installed on them. I also flew jumpers for years (C 185 & 206) and understand the desire to get the plane back on the ground quickly - sometimes for cost, other times just for pilot glory/entertainment. Sadly, and plane can be pushed too far. Combined with too low, and we all know what happens.

If I were still involved with jump operations, this report would move to the forefront of pilot training material for me!
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Old 22nd Mar 2020, 21:25
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An excellent report.......just a shame it had to be written. A very interesting insight Pilot DAR. I wonder if the addition of 20 degrees of flap (as the report suggests) would have made the situation more extreme......I've experienced quite surprising wing drop on smaller Cessnas when stalling with flap.

According to the ADAS data the airspeed was around 150kts at the time of the loss of control. Is it even possible to stall at this airspeed within the structural limit of the wing? (according to the report at 80 degrees of [email protected] the stall speed is 144kts) To loose control in this regime would require monumental mishandling on the part of the pilot.

I've read many reports over the years where pilots have killed themselves when running out of talent in various circumstances, but it's galling when they take innocent third parties with them (especially one so young).
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