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Hand in propeller, paramotor Fresh Breeze 122 AL2F, PH-9B8, Hellevoetsluis, 17 October 2017

Status : Closed

The trainee pilot was to carry out his first short flight with a paramotor. This was preceded in the training programme with a tandem flight. The standard take-off
procedure is as follows: the parachute is placed unfolded on the ground. The pilot then runs and accelerates with the engine that drives the pusher propeller on his back, into the wind in order to generate lift with the paraglider. Once the paraglider generates sufficient lift, the aircraft takes off, and the pilot is suspended in the harness. At that moment, the pilot is able to place the seat beneath his body, and sit on it. This procedure was followed. During take-off, the pilot was in two-way radio contact with the instructor on the ground who issued instructions.

During the take-off run for the paramotor the pilot sat down too early, and the propeller cage came into contact with the ground. The pilot’s hand came into contact with the rotating propeller, causing permanent injury to the hand. The paramotor mesh was also damaged.

The full analysis of this accident is published in the Quarterly Aviation Report over the 4th quarter of 2018.

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