Accident to the TeST TST-3 ALPIN TM identified 32DH on 31/08/2020 at Condom Valence-sur-Baïse (Gers)

Investigation progression Closed
Progress: 100%

Cat. 2 investigation report: simplified-format report, adapted to the circumstances of the occurrence and the investigation stakes.

The pilot undertook a flight following a long period of inactivity.

He performed a short level flight acceleration after take-off (lasting two to three seconds) until he reached the recommended speed. He then adopted a climb attitude. The microlight’s ground speed decreased and stayed at an average of 70 km/h, probably corresponding to the lower limit of the recommended air speed. Having flown over the end of the runway, the pilot initiated a right turn, probably in the direction of his destination. The speed of the microlight decreased and the pilot lost control of the microlight shortly after this. Other pilots reported turbulence in this location. The low flight height did not enable the pilot to regain control of the microlight and to avoid collision with the ground.