Clackmannanshire fatal microlight crash pilot untrained
A pilot who died when his microlight crashed in Clackmannanshire had not undergone proper training, an Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) report found.
Adrian Paterson, 49, from Clackmannan, was killed when his aircraft plunged into a field on 12 April.
The AAIB found the crash occurred during Mr Paterson's first solo flight.
Mr Paterson's microlight was not registered with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).
The 23-year-old Gemini Flash microlight crashed shortly after take-off in a field close to Kennet, near Alloa.
A witness reported the aircraft entered a steep climb, and then the nose dropped suddenly before striking the ground.No lessons
Mr Paterson was pronounced dead at the scene.
The report found the CAA records showed a "No Flight" declaration was made on the microlight on 18 February 2011, something which is done when an aircraft is not insured and the owner has declared it will not be flown until evidence of insurance is produced.
It also found Mr Paterson was not a member of a microlight club and there were no records of him attending any formal flying lessons.
He also did not have a medical declaration, which is required before undertaking a solo microlight flight.
The report found that although the aircraft had been de-registered by the CAA and had not been inspected for three years, there was no evidence that a technical malfunction had caused the crash.
The AAIB concluded the crash was a result of the pilot attempting a solo flight without undertaking the required training.