During a search and rescue flight at night in very poor weather conditions, one engine ceased producing power. During the subsequent diversion towards Jersey Airport the other engine also stopped. Despite the dark night and turbulent weather conditions, the pilot was able to reach the Jersey coast and make a forced landing, in which the aircraft suffered significant airframe damage.
The aircraft had operated a previous flight with the fuel system configured so that tip tank fuel was being supplied to the engines. The aircraft departed on the accident flight in the same configuration, and the engines stopped when the tip tank fuel became exhausted.
Published 10 December 2014