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NTSB On Remos Light Sport Expo Crash

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The NTSB has released a preliminary report that includes a witness account of the Remos GX Special Light Sport Aircraft that crashed Jan. 25, during the Sebring Light Sport Expo at Sebring Regional Airport in Florida and notes evidence of problems with the controls. The crash seriously injured the aircraft's pilot and killed its passenger. A witness who took off in-trail of the accident aircraft reported that both the left and right ailerons of the accident aircraft appeared to be drooping as the accident aircraft started to roll right and climbed through 50 feet. The right roll progressed as the witness observed the aircraft's rudder "fully deflected to the left." The accident aircraft then flew a slipping right turn to roughly 100 feet agl but lost altitude as the bank angle increased. Eventually turning through 270 degrees, the aircraft struck the ground at 80-degrees right wing down.

The NTSB notes that the trailerable aircraft included folding wings and its ailerons could be disconnected. The board found that "the left aileron's quick release rod-connector was not connected to the quick connector release fork" and "control continuity could not be established" for that aileron.

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