Beagle Auster D5 Series 180 Husky, G-ATMH
The aircraft had just taken off whilst towing a glider. As the pilot attempted to climb away, he felt that the engine was not delivering enough power to continue; the glider released and the pilot searched for a suitable place to make a forced landing. A concrete road cut through a spruce forest was selected but, on landing, the right wing clipped a tree, spinning the aircraft round through 180º before it came to a halt. No reason for the loss of power has been found but carburettor icing remains a possibility.
A correction was made to this report prior to publication on 9 January 2014.