X’Air Falcon 133(2), G-CEDO
Following normal pre-flight checks, the pilot took off and climbed to a height of between 100 and 150 ft agl, at which point the engine lost power and he could no longer maintain altitude. Due to the close proximity of power lines, the choice of location for a forced landing was limited to a field containing crops, which were approximately 1.8 m high. The pilot elected to stall the aircraft as it touched the top of the crop, resulting in damage to the nosewheel and pod assembly of the aircraft when it subsequently contacted the ground. Investigation of the engine identified a failure of the rocker arm that operated the inlet ports on one cylinder. As the engine was a twin cylinder model, the power generated by one operational cylinder alone had not been sufficient to maintain flight.
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