Mickleburgh L107, G-BZVC
Shortly after a normal takeoff, at a height of between 400 ft and 700 ft, the aircraft was seen to enter a steep left turn. When asked by the AFIS(O) what his intentions were, the pilot responded with a MAYDAY transmission, stating that he intended to land back at the airfield. After starting to turn to line up with Runway 36, the aircraft was seen to enter a spin to the left and strike the ground. It was determined that a fault existed within the carburettor air heat mechanism which, under the prevailing conditions, may have led to a loss of engine power due to serious carburettor icing.
Mickleburgh L107, G-BZVC 12-09.pdf (584.48 kb)
Date of occurrence: 21 February 2009