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14-Year-old steered plane at Diavolezza

On 4. August 2017 lost in the Region of Diavolezza three people in a crash, your life, a 17-Year-old was seriously injured but survived. You can provide the inv

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14-Year-old steered plane at Diavolezza

On 4. August 2017 lost in the Region of Diavolezza three people in a crash, your life, a 17-Year-old was seriously injured but survived. You can provide the investigators, the Swiss safety investigation Board Saib information that contributed to the reconstruction of the crash.

So it became clear that the Pilot of the Piper rich an inappropriate and risk the flight route selected, and a 14-year-old teenager on the seat next to him, the control had taken over. The latter was in the aviation youth camp of the Aero-Club of Switzerland (AeCS), apparently, so common as now. From Samedan airport for a short flight, to give the first-time experience of flying were flown baptized during the camp over several days to "Air". In the use of two machines, one of a flight instructor was piloted. In the crashed Piper, was a 61-year-old man at the joystick, the had no flight instructor training.

During the introductory flights in the course of the week was offered to the young people, to take yourself, once the joystick in Hand, as the final report of the Sust. The word spread throughout the camp among the 13 - to 17-year-olds Participating. On the Morning of the 4. August knew that the 14-Year-old from the French-speaking, in addition to the pilot in the front right of the Piper sat. To his question, he was allowed to take the helm then, and the "in a challenging Phase" of the flight, as it is said in the Saib report.

the Crossing was no longer possible

Of Samedan, the Piper flew started in the direction of the Bernina pass. At the height of the valley station of the Bernina-Diavolezza aerial tramway, the 14-year-old passenger initiated on the instructions of the pilot a curve to the left, write the investigators. After three-quarters of a circle, the Pilot instructed the passenger, in the direction of the Diavolezza before continuing his journey.

The Piper approached the climb to the Lej da Diavolezza and passed the summit of Diavolezza on the East side. The height above ground of fraud at this time about 25 meters, the flight speed showed was 63 knots. The intention is to fly over the mountain station of the Bernina-Diavolezza aerial tramway, had maintained that the Pilot and the passenger of this course.

A Pass on this course was no longer of this initial amount, but possible, it says in the Saib report. After the Skim and pillar of the chairlift in about 20 meters of altitude, the Piper lost in a curve to the right altitude and under ropes and cables, which led to the mountain station of the chairlift, flew, then the machine in a flat angle to hit the right wing first on the site.

The 14-Year-old at the wheel, the 61-year-old Pilot and a 14-year-old passenger died on impact. The 17-Year-old behind the pilot sass, survived injured, the accident is difficult.

"a Lack of security awareness"

For the Sust, it is clear that the accident, in an inappropriate and high-risk flight tactics of the experienced pilots is due. The decision of the not be as a flight instructor and trained pilots in a challenging Phase to transfer control of management to a flying ignorant Person, have also contributed directly to the accident, it is said in the report.

And also the lack of security awareness, the organizers of the permit, not as a flight instructor qualified pilots, the flight control of the flying people who shoot as a lie, the system contributed to the accident. The air baptisms of the camp-participants of the JULA 2017 was carried out by the engine-powered flight group of the upper Engadine (MFGOE). For the past 10 years, the injured Pilot was the Contact and organizer on the part of the MFGOE for the implementation of this round of flights, so in the year 2017. Although the leaders of the MFGOE assumed that it came to the Handing over of the control of management, has not been addressed to this point.

No defects on the aircraft

The aircraft was in good condition and was last updated on July 19. July 2017 in a controlled manner. The investigation, no evidence points to defects. The Pilot had all the necessary certificates and had experience with the type of aircraft. The Saib writes: The injured Pilot had a private pilot's license about the necessary flying training. A further pilot training, especially in mountain flying, he graduated from. The investigation body accuses the pilots, although a lack of risk awareness, writes, however, that no evidence had points for health impairment and sightings during the flight.

The Pilot knew the Region of Diavolezza, not only as a Pilot but also as a ski instructor. His French skills were adequate, in that language, with its passengers from the French speaking part of Switzerland to communicate.

a critique of the powered flight group

it is Unclear whether the Pilot can still engage. According to the final report, the surviving passenger was watching, took over as the 14-Year-old in the front of the control. If the Pilot continued to hold the Hand on the wheel, couldn't see them from your Seating position. The flight path records, on the basis of the data of the collision warning device to show that the Variation of the rate of climb was from this point greater than prior to the control transfer, it is said in the Saib report.

For the powered flight group of the upper Engadine, is the conclusion of the Saib, the Handover of the helm have directly contributed to the accident, and therefore, not reputable. In the final report hot it expressly that it is not clear whether the Pilot was still at the wheel, says Christian Gartmann, spokesman for the MFGOE. "For the actual Transfer of control of the aircraft, there is no evidence." And: in may 2018, the Saib stated in a draft of the final report, that the Handover of the helm have not contributed to the accident. Why is the investigation authority in their assessment since the design into the exact opposite had changed was unclear and surprise the MFGOE. The authority had replied to the powered flight group, no questions.

Gartmann also points to the autopsy of the pilot. The investigation revealed that in the blood of 61-Year-old, with 17 percent strongly elevated levels of carbon monoxide were found. This could have affected the consciousness of the pilots, and thus a cause of accidents, says the MFGOE speaker. "Medical experts can not exclude the possibility that this high concentration of carbon monoxide may have affected the pilot in his ability to fly," explains Gartmann. "Nevertheless, the report claims, an impairment caused by carbon monoxide have not been. This is the obvious ways."

Gartmann knew the 61-Year-old personally, and can make off of the misfortune of no rhyme. There have been several points at which the Pilot would have been able to turn off.


Created: 18.01.2019, 10:15 a.m.

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