Monday, January 13, 2014

Pilot forced to land aircraft near Buntingford after propeller fell off during flight

A pilot who was forced to land a microlight plane because the propeller “departed from the aircraft” is no closer to the cause of his mid-air drama.

The 68-year-old pilot of the aircraft, which is owned by a Welwyn man, had to make an emergency landing on land at Westmill near Buntingford, after hearing a loud bang in mid flight.

He then experienced a loss of thrust and landed the aircraft in an “uneventful forced landing”.

Upon landing he discovered that the propeller had flown off during his flight.

A report into the incident, which occurred on the morning of July 26, 2013, failed to determine the cause of the mechanical failure.

The microlight was a 2007 built Kolb Firefly and the pilot had more than 4,985 hours of flying experience.


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