An uncontained fire, from a fuel leak, started in the aircraft’s engine compartment shortly after the aircraft had departed Pymore Farm airstrip on a flight to Dunkeswell Airfield. The aircraft was flying over an area of small fields in undulating terrain, and the pilot’s approach to his selected field resulted in an overshoot. The aircraft collided with a hedge in the resulting forced landing, and despite being injured, both occupants were able to vacate the aircraft. The aircraft was destroyed in the accident. The source of the fuel leak within the engine compartment was not established due to fire and impact damage of the fuel system components.
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Published 8 November 2018