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Incident Details


General Information
Title: Crash of first solo flight takeoff
Date: 06/16/2012
Time: 19:30
Location: Morgantown, PA

Pilot Information
Age: 59
Gender: Male
Pilot weight (without motor): 175 US Pounds
Rating: Beginner (PPG1 or Equivalent)
Experience: Pre-Solo

Incident Detail Information
Type of Incident: Fall
Primary Cause: Pilot Error on Launch
Contributing Distractions: Activity in Takeoff/LZ (Cars, People, Gliders, etc.)
Windspeed: Light (Less than 5 MPH)
Wind Type: Variable
Thermal Conditions: None
Visibility: Dusk with clear skies
Surface: Grass
Terrain: Flat
Site Elevation: 400 (feet above sea level)
Phase of Flight: Inflation
Purpose of Flight: Instructional Supervised Solo

Safety Gear Used:
None
Helmet Full
Helmet Other
Protective Boots
Knee-pads
Elbow-pads
Wrist Guards
Reserve
Knife
Gloves
Strobe
Unknown

Communications: One-way Radio (Instructor to Student)
Damage to Pilot's Equipment: Minor (Less than 20% of New Price)
Wing:
Motor:

Injury Information
Pilot/Passenger Injury Severity: Minor Injury (No Hospital Visit)
Hosipitalization: None

Injuries:
None
Head
Face
Neck
Chest
Back
Abdomen
Shoulder
Arm
Elbow
Forearm
Wrist
Hand
Pelvis
Thigh
Calf
Ankle
Foot
Knee
Unknown

Collateral Damage:
None
By-Stander
Other Pilot
Animal
Property
Unknown

Narrative: Accident occurred on student’s solo flight attempt. During inflation and takeoff, the wing began to move over and in front of the student. Student began to fall and released throttle. As student was trying to hit kill switch, the student fell onto his left side as motor was still running. As student fell, he landed on the throttle and motor increased to full power forcing student's arm down into a very awkward position. Prop broke during crash and netting was severed in one small area.

Student thought he was fine and stayed at field to help others takeoff and video their flights. Student woke up next day with severe pain and after 10 days of little improvement, saw a doctor where he learned he had torn two rotator cuff muscles and moved a tendon into his joint of the left arm. Surgery and 6 months rehab is required.

Photo:  No photo on file.