AAIB investigation to Pegasus XL-Q, G-MTYF
Engine failure and forced landing at Over Farm Airfield on 4 June 2015.
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.
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Published: 10 September 2015
Date of occurrence: 4 June 2015