Quad City Challenger II, G-MYDS
At approximately 300 feet during the climb following takeoff the pilot heard the engine speed suddenly increase. The pilot quickly became aware that the belt drive from the engine to the propeller had failed and informed his passenger that the engine had failed and that they would be landing. The pilot selected a suitable field and carried out a soft field landing but unfortunately the aircraft encountered a rut during the landing roll which caused the nose landing gear to collapse. Examination of the belt drive between the engine and the propeller revealed that the belt’s teeth had torn away from the belt. The pilot assessed that this had been caused by incorrect belt tension.
Published 10 December 2014