Pilot Performed Unauthorized Aerobatics on LSA, Lost Control

Aircraft not designed or certified to be used for aerobatics should never be maneuvered in such a way.

A non-certified aircraft doesn’t know it is not designed for aerobatic flight, but the person flying that aircraft certainly does.

Such an aircraft do respond back, when it gives up when aerobatic maneuvers are performed on it.

We as a pilot should know the limitations of our aircraft and should always respect it. In case, by luck, you had been successful in performing aerobatic maneuvers one or two times, it doesn’t mean you can continue with it.

A certified flight instructor learned this lesson the hard way.

He was flying a light sport aircraft, an Aero SP Z 00 AT-4. He tried to hide the fact from FAA Air Safety Inspector and stated that he was not performing aerobatic maneuvers.

When the on-board aircraft video was reviewed by the inspector it revealed that he was in fact performing aerobatic maneuvers in an aircraft not certified for such maneuvers.

The aircraft entered a spin during the flight and made an uncontrolled descent. It finally hit a creek bank near Colorado Springs, Colo.

Considerable damage happened to the fuselage, wings, engine compartment and tail section of the aircraft.

No mechanical problem or failures was reported by the pilot, which may have prevented from performing normal operation of aircraft.

The Pilot Operating Handbook of Aero SP Z 0 0 AT-4 clearly states that intentional spins and aerobatics are prohibited.

Cause of plane crash: The pilot performed aerobatic maneuvers in an aircraft which was not certified to do so. The pilot lost control on the aircraft and hit the terrain.

Hopefully, this pilot will never push an aircraft beyond its limits, just to shows his expertise in flying. It is also a lesson for other fellow pilots, who are way to confident about their flying skills.

NTSB Identification: GA15CA053

This plane crash report has been written for educational purpose and to make fellow pilots aware of the different situations that can happen in flying.

Also Read: How A Wrong Refueling Nozzle Caused Plane Crash

Read the Pilot Operating Handbook (POH) of the aircraft that you fly. The excitement to fly should not make you skip this important step. For your and others safety it is worth to sit down and read the POH.

Source: GANEWS

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