Date & Time: Jan 6, 2014 at 1508 LT
Type of aircraft:
GippsAero GA8 Airvan
Registration:
F-ORPH
Flight Phase:
Takeoff (climb)
Flight Type:
Test
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Cayenne – Maripasoula
MSN:
GA8-04-050
YOM:
2004
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
0
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
0
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Immediately after take off, while climbing, the pilot encountered engine problem and was able to land right away. Several controls were made with a mechanic and it was decided to make a second test flight. Three minutes after take off, the engine lost power. The pilot was able to send a mayday message and attempted to make an emergency landing in the bush. On touchdown, the aircraft lost its undercarriage and the engine was sheared off. The fuselage was bent as well. While the pilot was slightly injured, the mechanic was seriously injured.
Probable cause:
Loss of power on engine.