Aircraft stalled while avoiding power lines at low level and fell into a river, Near Pembroke Dock, Pembrokeshire, 9 March 2017.
During an evening flight, the pilot’s forward vison was restricted when he flew towards the low sun. He reduced power unintentionally and descended below 500 ft amsl before taking avoiding action when he unexpectedly saw a power line in front of him. He believes the evasive manoeuvre caused the wing to stall and the aircraft then fell out of control into the river below. The pilot remained conscious and extricated himself from the aircraft before swimming ashore.
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Published: 10 August 2017
Date of occurrence: 9 March 2017