Accident to the Adventure Smart 27L identified 64XY on 30/09/2019 at Halsou (Pyrénées Atlantiques)

Investigation progression Closed
Progress: 100%

Cat. 2 investigation report: simplified-format report, adapted to the circumstances of the occurrence and the investigation stakes.

The pilot of 64XY and one of his friends had planned a local flight with two paramotors. The pilot of the first paramotor took off without a problem whilst the second aborted his take-off due to an unknown reason. The witnesses seemed to indicate that both take-off attempts occurred in quick succession. Immediately after take-off, the paramotor veered right due to canopy asymmetry, accentuated by the engine’s full-load torque. The paramotor hit trees causing the harness and the pilot to fall into the river.