Piper PA-38-112 Tomahawk, G-BOLF
The aircraft suffered a loss of engine power whilst over the sea just off the North Yorkshire coast. The pilot transmitted a MAYDAY and attempted to ditch the aircraft, but it stalled just above the surface of the sea, causing its right wing to drop into the water. The aircraft then cartwheeled and inverted before sinking. The pilot, who was not wearing a life jacket, drowned. The cause of the power loss could not be positively determined.
Published 10 December 2014