Luton LA4A Minor, G-AYSK
After starting the engine the pilot taxied the aircraft to the appropriate holding point where he positioned the aircraft into the light and variable wind to complete the engine power checks. The engine stopped abruptly. The pilot, having closed the throttle, exited the aircraft to ‘hand swing’ the propeller. When the propeller was swung the engine started immediately and the aircraft moved forward. The pilot held onto the left wing strut in an attempt to steer the aircraft towards an open area. The aircraft tracked in an arc to the left and the pilot was eventually forced to let go of the strut. The aircraft became airborne and stalled into an open area of the airfield.
Published 10 December 2014