Preliminary report on Sebring Remos crash released

The National Transportation Safety Board has issued its preliminary report in the crash of a Remos GX at the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, Florida, last month.

The passenger was killed and the pilot seriously injured when the Light Sport Aircraft experienced a loss of control shortly after takeoff. A witness flying behind the Remos told investigators that the LSA rolled to the right when it was no more than 50 feet in the air. The rudder appeared to be fully deflected to the left and both the left and right ailerons appeared to be drooping trailing edge down, the witness added.

During the post-crash investigation, control continuity could not be established to the left aileron. Examination revealed that there were no mechanical failures of the bell crank or push pull rod, but it was discovered that the left aileron’s quick release rod-connector was not connected to the quick connector release fork. The disconnection is required when the Remos’ wings are folded back for storage.

The airframe has approximately 15 hours on it at the time of the accident.

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