Hereford & Worcester

Pilot forced to land in Defford after engine stopped working

A light aircraft had to make an emergency landing in Worcestershire after the engine stopped working mid-air, a report has revealed.

The Cherry BX-2 came down in Croft Farm, Defford, on 6 April, damaging its propeller and an engine covering.

It was initially thought the problem was a lack of fuel, but an inquiry has now revealed this was not the case.

The builder of the aircraft has agreed to conduct engine tests and will pass on the results to aviation bosses.

A report by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) said the purpose of the flight was to test the aircraft's handling after an engine covering was fitted.

'Fuel starvation'

It said the plane was flying at about 1,500ft (460m) at about 11:30 BST when problems developed and the engine stopped "abruptly".

The 47-year-old pilot, who was the only person on board, tried to glide the aircraft to a runway, but a lever got caught in his flying suit. The front of the plane dropped and it banked to the left.

The report said: "The pilot realised that this, and the effect of the wind, meant that he would be unlikely to reach the runway.

"After three unsuccessful engine restart attempts, he landed the aircraft in a fallow field adjacent to the runway."

The pilot was not injured.

It added: "The pilot commented that the nature of the engine stoppage suggested fuel starvation, but an examination immediately after the accident found sufficient fuel onboard and no fuel system defect.

"The builder of the aircraft has undertaken to advise the AAIB of the results of an engine run."

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