Onboard Video - pilot gets caught in a flat spin . . .


#1

First, here is an introduction from the pilot on board; regarding this video from YouTube;

The spin was supposed to be a normal erect spin to the right, but for various unintentional reasons the spin went flat, up until that point I had never flat spun an aircraft. I eventualy mananged to get the aircraft into a normal erect spin from which I was able to recover. This aircraft is not fitted with an electric starter motor, so I was unable to restart the engine. During the “flare” to land the main undercarriage caught the top wires of a barbed wire fence that was invisible to me. After coming to rest inverted I waited 20mins for the rescue services to come and right the aircraft so I was able to exit via the outward opening canopy. The aircraft rotated 26 times total, I was extremely dissorientated after the recovery to straight and level flight, and was unable to read the instruments. From the video I estimate I recovered at about 700ft from an entry altitude of 3500ft. If you listen carefully you will hear me say:“I think this is it”. At that stage I did not think I would be able to recover. However I continued to try various control inputs based on the aircraft attitude and rotational rate, which eventually effected a recovery.
My thanks go to the emergency services that found me and allowed my escape.

Here is the video; Click Here

Official Accident report from AAIB


#2

Wow, did exactly what he was suppose to do and that was fly it to the ground.


#3

Surprised the little bugger can get up in the air in the first place!


#4

Yep, in the words of the immortal Bob Hoover, fly the plane as far into the crash as possible.


#5

Thank God for the soft marsh landing (I think). Is that an Experimental Aircraft? Not familiar with it. Holy crap that was wild.


#6

The Tipsy Nipper is a UK homebuilt.


#7

looks to me like that would be an easy airplane to get the CG out of whack, as short and stubby as it is. Lean back a little and the CG may be aft.