Stampe SV4C (Modified), G-BEPC
After hand-swinging of the propeller by the pilot, the engine started and accelerated. The aircraft overcame the handbrake and rotated to the right a few times before briefly becoming airborne. The aircraft then contacted trees on the western boundary of the airfield and came to rest, causing significant damage in the process. The pilot stated that he had probably inadvertently closed the ‘dummy’ mixture lever believing it to be the throttle, thereby leaving the throttle open. There was no person in the aircraft during the engine start to react to the situation and close the throttle.
Stampe SV4C (Modified), G-BEPC 06-09.pdf (416.96 kb)
Date of occurrence: 5 April 2009