Grumman AA-5A Cheetah, G-OPWK
Following pre-flight inspection, during which water was found and drained from the fuel tanks, and a number of aborted starts due to battery problems, satisfactory engine runs were performed. Shortly after takeoff, at about 600 ft agl the engine lost power. During the subsequent forced landing the aircraft hit a concealed dry stone wall but both occupants escaped injury. The conditions at the time were close to those during which serious carburettor icing at any power could have occurred.
Published 10 December 2014