Reims Cessna FRA150L Aerobat, G-BCKU
The aircraft was engaged on a routine flight to check the owner’s livestock on his farm. At a height of about 500 ft agl, the engine lost power and the pilot elected to force-land in a plantation of mature Sitka Spruce trees. The aircraft was badly damaged and had come to rest pitched vertically nose-down amongst the trees; however, the pilot was unhurt and described the landing as “comfortable”. He was of the opinion that carburettor icing may have been responsible for the engine failure, despite him having taken the normal precautions.
Reims Cessna FRA150L Aerobat, G-BCKU 04-14.pdf (132.23 kb)
Date of occurrence: 25 November 2013