- Air Accidents Investigation Branch
- 10 March 2016
- Date of occurrence:
- 1 August 2015
- Aircraft category:
- Commercial - fixed wing
- Report type:
- Bulletin - Correspondence investigation
- Aircraft type:
- Vickers Armstrongs Ltd, Spitfire IX
- Biggin Hill Airport, Kent
Engine failure and forced landing at Biggin Hill Airport on 1 August 2015.
The aircraft had just taken off when the pilot heard the engine ‘cough’, followed shortly afterwards by a substantial loss of power. He force-landed the aircraft back within the airfield perimeter but it was badly damaged when it struck a line of trees. The engine has not been fully examined although a defect involving an engine inlet valve was noted.
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Published: 10 March 2016
Date of occurrence: 1 August 2015