Nipper T.66 RA45 Series 3, G-CBCK
Shortly after takeoff the engine lost power and the pilot closed the throttle and landed the aircraft on a down-sloping area of uneven ground. The main fuel tank, which had been selected for takeoff, was found to be empty and the auxiliary fuel tank contained two gallons of fuel. The pilot considered that fuel had transferred from the main tank to the auxiliary tank through a defective fuel tank selector switch, but also stated that he should have visually checked the fuel tanks prior to flight.
Nipper T.66 RA45 Series 3, G-CBCK 03-11.pdf (266.83 kb)
Date of occurrence: 10 January 2011