Accident Davies Thunderbird MK V ZU-BPC,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 272794
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Date:Friday 6 January 2012
Type:Davies Thunderbird MK V
Registration: ZU-BPC
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Aircraft damage:
Location:On grass runway at Eagles Creek Airfield -   South Africa
Departure airport:Eagles Creek Airfield - Gauteng Province
Destination airport:Eagles Creek Airfield Gauteng Province
Investigating agency: CAA S.A.
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The owner/pilot flew the aircraft on a private flight from Eagles Creek Airfield with the intention to fly to the general flying area. After take-off, during climb out, the engine suddenly stopped. The pilot attempted to restart the engine, but he was unsuccessful. The pilot then elected to carry out a forced landing and landed the aircraft on an open field in a grass covered terrain. During the landing sequence, the nose wheel rolled in a tuft of grass and collapsed. The aircraft then flipped over onto its roof and sustained substantial damage. The pilot did not sustain any injury in the accident. The engine was recovered to an engine overhaul facility and examined to determine the cause of engine failure. The evidence found was that the carburettor idle jet was clogged with sludge in the fuel. The fuel system was examined and found to be contaminated. Probable Cause Unsuccessful forced landing after experiencing an engine stoppage during climb out. Contributory Factors Carburettor idle jet was clogged with sludge present in the fuel system. Fuel Contamination

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: CAA S.A.
Report number: 
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report



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