Microlight treat led to broken legs

A gift flight in a microlight ended up with a student suffering two broken legs. The dream adventure turned into a double disaster for the un-named victim at Blofield last summer.

A gift flight in a microlight ended up with a student suffering two broken legs.

The dream adventure turned into a double disaster for the un-named victim at Blofield last summer.

He missed out on the original trial lesson because of engine trouble during a test flight with just the pilot on board.

But during a replacement session a few days later the miniature plane came into land too low and crashed into trees.

The sorry saga is revealed in a report by the Air Accident Investigation Branch into the crash, which happened at 8am on July 28.

The student's first lesson as scrapped five days earlier when the aircraft suffered loss of power.

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When he returned with his family to the grass field airstrip on the 28th, the flight went ahead in good conditions, with a light wind, good visibility and no cloud.

But in the final descent the Thruster plane, piloted by a 48-year-old qualified instructor with 958 hours of flying experience, came in lower than normal.

Despite attempts to put on power, the aircraft struck a fern hedge, yawed to the right and collided with trees.

The flight and accident were videoed by the student's family, which provided evidence for the AAIB investigation.

The student was trapped in the wreckage and had to be released by emergency services before being taken to hospital, where he was treated for two broken legs.

The instructor, who suffered a cut leg, told the AAIB the plane was too low on approach and he had not corrected it in time to miss the hedge.