After taking off with the intention of conducting a few circuits, the pilot had turned the aircraft onto the downwind leg when the engine began to lose power. Eventually it would run at no more than 2,500 rpm, compared with a normal maximum of 5,200. The pilot was forced to land on a golf course adjacent to the airfield, but the presence of golfers on the landing area caused him to alter course so that the aircraft landed heavily on rough ground. The pilot, who sustained a back injury, assessed the symptoms of the power loss to be indicative of carburettor icing.
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Published 13 October 2016