Loss of engine power on climb-out from a private farm strip near Ruthin, Denbighshire, 16 November 2014.
The pilot had reinstalled the aircraft’s engine following an overhaul and carried out a ground run in accordance with the manufacturer’s requirements. The pre-departure power checks were carried out and the pilot noticed that the maximum rpm was 5,800 rpm as opposed to the normal 6,100 rpm, but he elected to take off anyway. Shortly after becoming airborne, engine power was lost and during a gentle right turn towards a suitable field the aircraft entered an incipient spin to the right and impacted the ground.
Published: 14 May 2015
Date of occurrence: 16 November 2014