Thruster T600N 450, G-CDSO
The pilot prepared for a flight from a farm airstrip in fine, calm conditions. Pre-flight inspections and checks were normal, and there were 30 litres of fuel on board. After a satisfactory engine power check, and with all engine indications normal, the aircraft took off. After a local flight of about 45 minutes, the pilot returned to the airstrip for landing.
The aircraft was slightly fast on final approach, so the pilot decided to go around. As the aircraft started to climb under full power, the engine began making unusual noises and the pilot felt a significant loss of power. He identified an area for landing which, to avoid obstacles and livestock, required a turn to the left, but was unable to land in the selected narrow stretch of ground. With rising ground beyond, he instead landed the aircraft at low speed in a substantial hedge that ran alongside. The pilot sustained a minor foot injury but both he and the passenger, who had been wearing full harnesses, were able to vacate the aircraft without assistance.
At the time of reporting, no reason for the loss of engine power had been established.
Published 10 December 2014