Rotorsport UK MT-03, G-TATA
The aircraft had insufficient usable fuel for the intended flight. When a nose down attitude for descent was selected on final approach, the engine was starved of fuel and stopped. The pilot realised that the aircraft could not reach the aerodrome and elected to carry out a forced landing in the nearest suitable field. After manoeuvring to avoid some houses he was left with insufficient airspeed to arrest the rate of descent. During the subsequent hard landing the pilot and his passenger suffered serious back injuries. The aircraft sustained significant damage but there was no fire. Two Safety Recommendations are made.
Rotorsport UK MT-03, G-TATA 09-09.pdf (391.33 kb)