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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 149347
Last updated: 18 November 2021
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Time:13:40 LT
Type:Quik GT450 Microlight
Registration: G-GTEE
MSN: 8256
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Carnone, near the village of Convoy -   Ireland
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Letterkenny-Stevensonís Airfield
Destination airport:Carrickbrack airfield
Investigating agency: AAIU
The microlight aircraft was making an approach to land at Carrickbrack airfield near Convoy in Co Donegal following a local flight from Letterkenny. The weather conditions at the time were blustery with southwesterly winds gusting to 25-30 kts at ground level. At a height of approximately 300 to 350 feet, the sail of the microlight failed without warning. The microlight descended rapidly and impacted a wet agricultural field. The Pilot, who was the sole occupant, sustained serious injuries. The microlight was destroyed.

Probable Cause
1. In-flight failure of the sail resulting in a major loss of lift on the starboard wing and in the wing root area.
Contributory Cause(s)
1. Degradation of the strength of the sailcloth material to values lower than the minimum specified requirements, due to exposure to UV radiation.
2. Operation of the microlight in conditions which maximised the gust and manoeuvre loads being experienced



Photo of G-GTEE courtesy

17 April 2010; (c) Malcolm Clarke

(c) AAIU

Revision history:

30-Sep-2012 09:36 gerard57 Added
30-Sep-2012 09:39 gerard57 Updated [Country]
30-Sep-2012 10:08 gerard57 Updated [Source, Narrative]
01-Dec-2014 20:16 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
12-Nov-2017 18:00 harro Updated [Time, Narrative, Photo, ]

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