Reims Cessna F172N, G-BHDZ
An electrical system failure which occurred in-flight, but close to an airfield, resulted in flames and smoke emanating from behind the left instrument panel, after the pilot attempted to re-set the alternator circuit breaker. During short final approach to the airfield for a precautionary landing, the engine stopped and the aircraft landed in a field close to the runway. A combination of a defective battery and a failure of the voltage regulator was identified as the main causal factor of this event. Two safety recommendations are made.
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