Auster 4, G-ANHS
Whilst joining the circuit to land, the pilot selected the fuel selector from the belly tank to the main tank for landing as required by normal procedures. The engine immediately faltered and appeared to cut out; reselecting the belly tank had no effect. He declared an emergency with Cottesmore Tower and was immediately cleared to land on Runway 22. The aircraft landed heavily and the landing gear collapsed, but both occupants were uninjured and able to vacate the aircraft normally. The pilot reported that the fuel tanks still contained approximately 7 gallons of fuel and that he suspects an airlock may have developed during the change in tank selection. He also commented that after the engine failure, the rate of descent appeared to increase markedly when the propeller stopped rotating.
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