AAIB investigation to Robin ATL, G-GFRO
Engine failure and forced landing, near Andreas Airfield on 21 April 2015.
The aircraft was taking off from a grass gliding field, having abandoned a previous attempt due to an apparent lack of performance. Although the takeoff roll and lift off were normal, at about 100 ft agl the engine lost power, but sufficient power remained for the pilot to position the aircraft back for a normal approach and landing. However, he had to land in a different part of the site due to conflict with a landing glider and the nose landing gear detached as the aircraft travelled over some rough ground during the landing roll. Carburettor icing is suspected as the most probable cause of the power loss.
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Published: 9 July 2015
Date of occurrence: 11 April 2015