Plane crash near Halfpenny Green 'caused by wrong lever'

Light aircraft Image copyright Huw Jones
Image caption The Cassutt Racer came down near Halfpenny Green

An incorrect lever being pulled was probably behind a plane crash in a field, a report has concluded.

The Cassutt Racer came down near Halfpenny Green, on the Staffordshire / Shropshire border, in October.

It hit the ground nose-first and flipped over, causing damage to the fin and propeller but no-one was injured.

An Air Accident Investigation Branch report said the pilot may have accidentally pulled a lever which stops fuel getting to the engine.

"The pilot is of the opinion that he may have inadvertently pulled the mixture lever [used to isolate the fuel when the engine is off] instead of the carburettor heat [which stops ice forming in the engine]," it said.

The 65-year-old pilot was the only person inside the plane.

A firefighter said at the time of the crash the pilot had brought it down to avoid hitting houses at the nearby village of Bobbington.

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