Piper PA-38-112 Tomahawk, G-BSOT
At approximately 400 ft agl, after taking off from Swansea Airport on a training flight, the instructor heard a loud bang followed by severe airframe vibration and a significant reduction in engine power. He elected to make an immediate forced landing in a field. The aircraft touched down without incident, but the instructor was unable to stop the aircraft before it hit the boundary hedge. Both the instructor and student were uninjured and able to evacuate the aircraft unaided. Examination of the engine identified that a spark plug had failed and released from one of the cylinder heads.
Piper PA-38-112 Tomahawk G-BSOT 07-12.pdf (216.31 kb)