Accident Brief, Occurrence # 14/2168

Occurrence No 14/2168 Nature of Flight TRAINING SOLO
Aircraft Model Tecnam P2002 Sierra Pilot License
Date and Time 19 May 14 at 14:30 Pilot Age 0
Location Masterton Flying Hours (Total) 19
POB 1 Flying Hours (on Type) 19
Injuries (Fatal) 0 Last 90 Days 0
Injuries (Serious) 0 TAIC Ref
Injuries (Minor) 0 Publishing Ref Vector Mar/Apr 2015
Damage Destroyed Date Published


After a period of inactivity of approximately 3 months, the novice microlight pilot carried out a dual training flight of approximately 50 minutes duration. On completion of that flight, following a good performance by the novice pilot, the instructor felt comfortable to allow him to conduct a solo flight. During the takeoff, the aircraft was observed by the instructor to rotate early, pitch up to an approximate 30 to 40 nose up angle, roll to the left, descend and strike the ground which extensively damaged the aircraft. The novice pilot was able to extract himself from the aircraft and recover a few items from the cockpit before a fire which had originated in the engine compartment took hold and consumed the majority of the fuelage before emergency services arrived. The novice pilot was not injured. Investigation into the accident by the instructor and the CAA Safety Investigation Unit determined that the accident appears to have been caused by the novice pilot becoming pre-occupied with the directional control of the aircraft at the initial take-off phase. He failed to recognise and control the aircraft attitude and airspeed which has led to a stall/wing drop situation at low level. The fire which originated in the engine compartment was most likely due to fuel leakage with the ignition source either hot engine components or from an electrical source (the battery is located in the engine bay). The student did not turn off the ignition or fuel after the accident. This may have also contributed to the fire.