Pegasus Flash, G-MNKX
During takeoff the engine stopped suddenly, resulting in the aircraft landing back on the runway but then overrunning the end of the runway and entering a dyke. The reason for the sudden loss of the engine was most likely due to fuel vapour lock. The aircraft’s fuel tank, made of metal and painted black, had been fuelled with MOGAS and prior to the flight the pilot had parked the aircraft in a sunny spot, with the ambient air temperature at about 20ºC.
Published 10 December 2014