North American P-51D-20, G-BIXL, 17 July 2004

North American P-51D-20, G-BIXL


The aircraft had just finished some low level aerobatics and was climbing away when the engine cut out. Despite switching fuel tanks the pilot was unable to regain power and so he carried out a forced landing in a field. The cause of the engine cut out is not known, but is thought to be due to fuel starvation. The fuel level in the tank in use at the time of the cut out was relatively low and it is possible that fuel sloshing, caused by an un-coordinated manoeuvre, caused the tank outlet to become uncovered allowing air to enter the fuel lines.

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