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Last updated: 8 April 2021
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Date:28-JUL-2020
Time:12:26 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic EUPA model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Europa XS
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: G-BXTD
C/n / msn: PFA 247-12772
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Minor
Category:Accident
Location:near Enstone Airfield, 4.5 nm east of Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Training
Departure airport:Enstone Airfield (EGTN)
Destination airport:Enstone Airfield (EGTN)
Investigating agency: AAIB
Narrative:
The pilot of an experimental Europa XS, performed an emergency landing in a field, near Enstone Airfield (EGTN) 4.5 nautical miles east of Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire.

During a right turn and climb shortly after takeoff, the engine rapidly reduced speed and stopped. Unable to restart the engine, the instructor carried out a forced landing in a field. The aircraft was badly damaged but both occupants were uninjured. The cause of the engine stoppage could not be positively determined. It was found that the bend radius of the oil pipe connected to the oil pump had narrowed the cross-section of the pipe, restricting oil flow into the engine. However, there were also possible causal factors of corrosion, due to an extended period in which the aircraft was not flown, and fatigue damage related to a previous incident.

Sources:

1. https://www.witneygazette.co.uk/news/18618056.plane-engine-fails-leads-emergency-landing-oxfordshire-field/
2. https://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/18618056.plane-engine-fails-leads-emergency-landing-oxfordshire-field/
3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enstone_Airfield
4. G-BXTD on Sept 17, 1995: https://www.jetphotos.com/photo/547266

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: AAIB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 8 months
Download report: Final report


Images:

Photo of G-BXTD courtesy AirHistory.net


Breighton
8 June 2008; (c) Mick Bajcar

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
30-Jul-2020 15:50 gerard57 Added
30-Jul-2020 16:00 Captain Adam Updated [Aircraft type, Cn, Total occupants, Source, Narrative]
30-Jul-2020 16:14 RobertMB Updated [Cn, Source, Damage, Narrative]
30-Jul-2020 19:27 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Location, Departure airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
08-Apr-2021 19:39 harro Updated [Time, Cn, Nature, Destination airport, Embed code, Narrative, Accident report]
08-Apr-2021 19:40 harro Updated [Date]

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