Rans S6-ESD XL (Modified), G-MZDA
At about 400 to 500 ft agl the propeller became detached from the aircraft. The pilot made a 180? turn and was able to land successfully on the reciprocal runway. Two ‘half-rings’ that retain the propeller shaft inside the gear box were found to have failed and the manufacturer is currently undertaking a detailed examination of these components.
Published 10 December 2014