Avions Pierre Robin DR400-180, F-GDYD
The aircraft was on the second leg of a seven day journey from France to the United States of America (USA). As it transited over North Wales, avoiding cloud and the high ground, the engine ran down. The pilot had selected the fuel to feed from the left wing tank. The time that had elapsed since that selection indicated that the engine could have suffered from fuel starvation. However, the conditions were also conducive to carburettor icing. The engine could not be restarted and the pilot carried out a forced landing into a field. During the landing the aircraft ran into a bank in the far corner of the field and was substantially damaged. Both crew members were seriously injured. Although there was a significant spillage of fuel, there was no fire.
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Date of occurrence: 19 July 2008