Whilst cruising at 3,500 ft near the Severn Estuary, the aircraft suffered an alternator bearing seizure and smoke from the drive belt entered the cockpit. The engine stopped, but, due to its free-wheel mechanism, the propeller continued to rotate increasing the drag and causing a significantly higher rate of descent during the subsequent forced landing than for a propeller at idle or stopped. The aircraft landed in a small field, struck a hedge and suffered major damage to the composite fuselage structure fore and aft of the cockpit. Both occupants suffered minor injuries.
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