Pegasus Quantum 15, G-BZVJ
The aircraft’s engine stopped without warning at a height of approximately 700 ft during the climb after takeoff. The pilot attempted to land back on the grass runway in the direction of takeoff, but there was insufficient height remaining to make the final turn and so he landed across the threshold, perpendicular to the runway. On realising that the aircraft was likely to collide with a fence, he pushed the control bar forward to become airborne again and clear the fence. The back wheels of the trike struck the top of the fence as the aircraft passed over it and the aircraft dropped into the adjacent field, coming to rest on its side. The pilot considered that the most likely cause of the engine failure was either carburettor icing or ice in the fuel line.
Published 10 December 2014