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ACRO E-mail Archive Thread: Sergio Dallan's accident report


Thread: Sergio Dallan's accident report

Message: Sergio Dallan's accident report

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From: Salvadori Luca <lsalvadori at>

Date: Mon, 24 Jun 1996 09:56:00 UTC


A vintage Moravan Zlin 326 crash landed on June 18th in Bresso Airport near 
Milan (Italy) during a type-endorsement training flight.
Crew, composed by Paolo GAVAZZI, aircraft owner since some weeks (aircraft 
had been delivered only few days before accident), and instructor Sergio 
DALLAN, 15 times Italian Unlimited Aerobatic Champion and member of 1996 
Italian Aerobatic Team headed for WAC'96, suffered minor injuries.
Both are still hospitalized, but their condition is good and they will be 
back home probably before weekend.
While Paolo GAVAZZI was new to the type, Sergio DALLAN had hundreds of hours 
on Zlins, as a Z526 Akrobat was his first competition aircraft and Zlin 
series operated in Aero Club Milano school, where he's chief instructor, for 
many years.
Witnesses say the aircraft suffered severe loss of power immediately after 
take off, at an approximate height of 100ft.
Landing gear was extracted while aircraft turned left with moderate bank to 
attempt a backtrack landing, and was (probably) deliberately stalled over 
some trees near the runway, inside Army Air Force Base located on the field, 
being impossible to reach clear ground for insufficient height left.
Impact with trees ripped part of left wing and right wingtip away, thus 
dumping most of aircraft energy: fuselage crashed in level attitude, nose 
first. Engine and engine mount bent as well as undercarriage, and aircraft 
stopped in few meters.
No fire developed. Airport fire police and Army soldiers intervened in less 
than a minute, and both pilots escaped the wreckage without help.
Causes of engine failure are still to be determined.

     Luca Salvadori
     Italian Aerobatic Team


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