Cessna F172H Skyhawk, G-CGRE
The aircraft was returning to Old Sarum from Durham Tees Valley airport when, approximately 2 hours 40 minutes after takeoff, the engine began to run rough and lose power. Despite the application of carburettor heat, and the selection of the fuel mixture to RICH, the engine continued to lose power. The pilot carried out a forced landing in a field which resulted in damage to the aircraft’s nose and wings. Both occupants received minor injuries but were able to leave the aircraft unassisted.
The pilot reported that the fuel tanks had been filled to maximum capacity (195 litres) prior to takeoff at Durham Tees Valley. The pilot’s report indicated that approximately 70 litres of fuel should have been present in the fuel tanks at the time of the incident. A review of the weather conditions prevalent at the time of the accident showed there was the potential for moderate carburettor icing at cruise engine power settings. It is therefore possible that the presence of carburettor icing may have contributed to the loss of engine power.
Published 10 December 2014