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Emergency landing after engine problem, Denney Kitfox Mk IV, PH-DJM, near Drimmelen

Status : Closed

The pilot took off from Breda International Airport (EHSE) for a local flight. During the flight the engine failed. The pilot decided to make an emergency landing in a potato field. Because of the loose soil, the aircraft nosed over during the emergency landing and came to rest inverted. The pilot was unharmed.

The reduction of engine power during flight was caused by a broken and loose spark plug. As a result, no ignition took place in the cylinder and an opening was created in the cylinder head causing the cylinder to lose compression. Because of this, only one of the two cylinders was delivering power. A large part of the engine power was lost. The bangs were probably caused by the piston in the second cylinder that still went up and down and the uncombusted fuel-air mixture that ignited partly in the hot exhaust manifold.

More information can be found in the Quaterly Aviation Report Q3 2023.

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