The aircraft was climbing away after takeoff when the engine momentarily lost power and, as the pilot turned back towards the airfield, the engine stopped completely. Although the subsequent landing was on the airfield, it was in the crop bordering the runway and the nose landing gear collapsed. The pilot attributes the engine failure to an incorrectly seated carburettor float chamber which he routinely removed to fill with fuel as part of the pre-start priming procedure.
Pegasus XL-Q, G-MTYF 09-15
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Published 10 September 2015