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Inexperience a Common Cause for Ultralight Aircraft Crashes

Bad piloting is the most common cause for accidents involving ultralight aircrafts. A recent study by the Accident Investigation Board concludes that pilots involved in crashes are either inexperienced or incompetent. Training and prerequisites for obtaining a pilot's licence have now been updated to improve pilots' ability.

Ultrakevyt pienlentokone makaa pahoin romuttuneena kesäisellä pellolla. Poliisi on ympäröinyt onnettomuuspaikan nauhoilla.
Image: Kimmo Lainesalo

Other common causes of ultralight crashes are bad weather conditions, poor structure of the aircraft and an incorrect amount of cargo. The data produced by The Accident Investigation Board shows that many pilots were not able to recognise early enough if thier engine was stalling.

On average, ten accidents involving ultralight aircraft occur every year. This usually results in up to two deaths annually.

“We have already reacted to the accident rate. Requirements to obtain a pilot's license have already become stricter and training for the activity has been updated. These developement won’t show yet in the recent statistics”, says chief of the Hobby Aviation Unit Markku Hiedanpää.

The Accident Investigation Board reviewed twenty accident reports for their survey.

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