AAIB investigation to Ikarus C42 FB100, G-DASS

Throttle jammed and forced landing at Leicester Airport, 11 April 2014.

Summary:

After takeoff, the pilot found that he could not reduce power from the takeoff setting. He climbed overhead the airfield before intentionally stopping the engine and carrying out a glide approach. An area of ‘sink’ caused the aircraft to land heavily short of the runway.

It was found that the throttle linkage had fouled a hole in the centre console side panel, causing it to jam. This was a problem known to the agent/distributor for Ikarus, who had issued a recommended Service Bulletin (SB) 28 in 2010 containing details of an inspection and modification to overcome it. G-DASS did not have the modification embodied.

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Ikarus C42 FB100 G-DASS 09-14.pdf (190.91 kb)

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