Shadow Series CD Shadow, G-MZBN
The pilot was performing a solo flight in fine weather to build hours. With the fuel gauge reading one-quarter full, he decided to return towards the airfield after practising some turns to the left and right. During the return to the airfield, the engine stopped. After selecting the largest field (which contained a standing crop of potatoes) and turning into wind, the pilot executed a landing as “a normal landing on a runway”. At touchdown, the aircraft stopped abruptly but the pilot, who was wearing a full harness, was uninjured.
The pilot considered that with a low fuel quantity, air could have been introduced into the fuel system during the left and right turns which caused the engine to stop.
Shadow Series CD Shadow G-MZBN 01-13.pdf (174.19 kb)
Date of occurrence: 18 August 2012