Gemini Flash 2 Alpha microlight, G-MTJZ
During a cross-country flight the engine failed due to fuel exhaustion. Because changing fuel tanks in flight was an awkward procedure the commander elected to land in a field and then change tanks once on the ground. During the glide approach to his selected field he encountered an unexpected downdraft which forced him to turn and land in a less suitable field. The aircraft hit a rut in the ground which caused the nosewheel to collapse and the right wing tip to hit the ground. The aircraft had sufficient fuel in both tanks for the flight but the fuel in one tank was not sufficient for the flight given the hot weather and the high power setting used.
Gemini Flash 2 Alpha microlight, G-MTJZ 11-06.pdf (269.24 kb)
Published 10 December 2014