Approximately 30 minutes into a training flight, with the microlight at about 1,500 ft agl, the engine lost power. The instructor immediately took control and prepared for a forced landing into a field ahead, making unsuccessful attempts to restart the engine during the descent. At about 200 ft agl, as the instructor controlled the descent to avoid trees and a tall hedge at the field boundary, he noticed that the airspeed had reduced to 40 mph. He then turned the microlight left towards a nearer field, overflew some power lines and landed deep, but was unable to avoid a fallen tree during the landing roll, which it struck at about 20 mph. The microlight sustained significant damage; however, the instructor and student, who were both wearing a lap strap and helmet, were uninjured.
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Published 13 September 2018