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Sad accident of Swiss disabled pilot in Thailand

Old 30th Dec 2018, 13:51
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Sad accident of Swiss disabled pilot in Thailand

Excellent weather here today but a bizarre accident.I have flown from both airfields. He left Nok private airfield near Chiang Mai to fly to the Royal Thai Flying Club at Chonburi south of Bangkok. Just a few hours flying but he crashed on around 100 foot above the runway with a sudden left turn.Video shows a sudden controlled left turn before he hit cables 20ft agl.

Swiss disabled pilot Michael Charles Lomberg, 60, was flying one of three light aircraft belonging to a group of disability rights advocacy group called "Handiflight Around the World" lost his life today in a bizarre landing accident at Bang Phra,Chonburi.


Video here of the accident.

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Old 31st Dec 2018, 13:35
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Round-The-World Pilot Crashes in Thailand

Not much news on this. Anyone know the aircraft type he was flying?

"Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) officials on Monday inspected the wreckage of a private light aircraft that had crashed in Chon Buriís Sri Racha district on Sunday afternoon, causing a blaze that killed the 60-year-old pilot, Mike Romberg from South Africa, at the scene."

CAAT officials probe cause of light-aircraft crash that took life of South African pilot
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Old 31st Dec 2018, 19:39
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From the video it isn't a spin.
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Old 1st Jan 2019, 00:12
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No, but perhaps trying to fly out of a stall spin situation? There's something in the last seconds of the approach that looks wrong. Would his disability make recovery from, perhaps, a power loss difficult? Whatever, very sad.
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The aircraft was a Flight Design CTLS-ELA with long range tanks.

Mike Lomberg was a former South African Air Force pilot and test pilot who became disabled after damaging his spinal cord in the car crash.

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Old 1st Jan 2019, 10:16
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I met this group (www.handiflight.com) when they landed at Nok Airfield. The CTLS had been modified with ultra long range tanks to get them over the Pacific leg of their trip. They also have a simple mechanical lever linked to the rudder pedals to allow hand ruder control. Both mods looked extremely professional and had been certified.
I only met Mike briefly but he certainly was a very accomplished pilot and those of us who got to know this inspirational group are greatly saddened by this accident.
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Old 1st Jan 2019, 14:12
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Medical problem?

RIP Mr. Lomberg.
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