Accident Rollason Druine D.62B Condor EI-BDX,
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Date:Sunday 6 October 2019
Time:17:40 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic D6CR model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Rollason Druine D.62B Condor
Owner/operator:The Brian Douglas Trust - BDX Group
Registration: EI-BDX
MSN: RAE/608
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Duncormick, County Wexford -   Ireland
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Taghmon Airfield (EIIF)
Destination airport:Taghmon Airfield (EIIF)
Investigating agency: AAIU
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
After the aircraft returned from its earlier flight it was scheduled to do another flight – the accident flight. Prior to the accident flight, the Instructor was heard to remark to the Pilot “I suppose I better take the loose bits out of it”. The pilot who had flown the aircraft earlier asked the Pilot about his intended flight, and he responded “I’m going up to do spins”. Later, in the same conversation, there was some general discussion about aerobatics, including a query about the maximum “g” that would be experienced during a barrel roll, which the Instructor opined he would expect not to be more than 2g.
The Pilot was observed walking around the aircraft doing what was described to the Investigation as a “full outside check”. Upon boarding the aircraft, and prior to engine start,the Pilot was observed to have a checklist in his hand. The aircraft taxied out to the northern end of the airfield and, at approximately 17.10 hrs, was observed to take off to the south, before turning to the south-west and circling back around, climbing all the time. The aircraft crossed to the north of the airfield and then turned south-west, continuing to climb and proceed in a south-westerly direction. The aircraft was observed from the airfield until it went out of sight and it was described as a “complete normal takeoff, a complete normal climb” to at least 3,000 ft.
At approximately 16.40 hrs, witnesses reported that the aircraft had emitted a loud noise and disintegrated in the air, in the Duncormick area of Co. Wexford. Local persons and emergency services proceeded to the scene and determined that both occupants had been fatally injured. The aircraft was destroyed. There was no fire.

Probable Cause
During manoeuvring, the aircraft wings experienced an overload in positive g, with the left wing failing, and a subsequent in-flight break-up.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: AAIU
Report number: 
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 4 years 1 month
Download report: Final report



Revision history:

06-Oct-2019 18:54 gerard57 Added
06-Oct-2019 18:56 gerard57 Updated [Total fatalities, Source, Narrative]
06-Oct-2019 19:27 RobertMB Updated [Source]
06-Oct-2019 19:57 Iceman 29 Updated [Time, Embed code]
06-Oct-2019 21:07 RobertMB Updated [Departure airport, Embed code]
07-Oct-2019 06:27 gerard57 Updated [Registration, Source]
07-Oct-2019 07:22 Iceman 29 Updated [Narrative]
07-Oct-2019 12:24 Jodeldavo Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn]
07-Oct-2019 12:26 harro Updated [Source]
07-Oct-2019 19:48 Iceman 29 Updated [Source, Embed code]
07-Oct-2019 20:00 Iceman 29 Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
07-Oct-2019 23:02 RobertMB Updated [Cn, Narrative]
09-Oct-2019 19:42 Nigel Updated [Narrative]
08-Nov-2019 19:32 Iceman 29 Updated [Source, Narrative]
05-Oct-2020 16:13 harro Updated [Time, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
10-Nov-2023 14:58 harro Updated [Embed code, Narrative, Accident report]

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