Skyranger 912(2), G-CCKF
The engine failed shortly after takeoff and, in the ensuing forced landing, the aircraft stuck a fence and pitched inverted, causing minor injuries to the pilot and moderate damage to the aircraft. It was quickly established that the engine oil filter had become detached, allowing oil to escape and the engine to seize from oil starvation. The oil filter had been replaced the previous day with a ‘FRAM’ automotive oil filter, instead of the Rotax-approved part. The FRAM filter has a slightly larger diameter thread which makes it incompatible for use on this type of engine. Two safety recommendations were made, with the intention of preventing similar accidents in the future.
Skyranger 912(2), G-CCKF 11-06.pdf (334.64 kb)