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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 253763
Last updated: 20 May 2021
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Time:11:40 UTC
Type:Aviad Zigolo MG12
Registration: G-CIUF
MSN: 4/2015/27
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Near West Heath Common Quarry, 2 miles SW of Rogate, West Sussex -   United Kingdom
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:West Heath Common Quarry, Rogate, West Sussex
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: AAIB
AAIB investigation to Aviad Zigolo MG12, G-CIUF: Forced landing after propeller drive belt failure, near West Heath Common Sandpit, West Sussex, 4 November 2020. The AAIB final report was published on 8 April 2021, and the following is an extract from it:

"The pilot took off from a farm airstrip near Rogate, West Sussex, for a local flight and reported that the initial climb performance and engine rpm were normal. On reaching 900 ft agl the engine speed fluctuated, and the pilot heard a flapping sound as the propeller drive belt started to fail. The pilot reduced the throttle setting and the drive belt snapped. He then closed the throttle and the engine stopped abruptly.

The pilot set up an approach to a grass field but as he descended the glide deteriorated and the aircraft undershot into a very narrow field, coming to rest against a willow bush. The willow bush absorbed some of the impact energy and the pilot, who was uninjured, was able to vacate the aircraft without assistance. The aircraft’s right mainwheel strut and some of the fuselage tubes were damaged in the impact.

An inspection of the aircraft by the pilot after the accident found that the engine had seized, which he considered to have been caused by the engine over-speeding after the propeller drive belt had failed. The engine-driven belt pulley showed signs of overheating, due to the belt slipping.

The Aviad Zigolo MG12 is classified by the CAA as a single seat deregulated (SSDR) type, and is therefore unregulated with respect to its airworthiness. The aircraft maintenance manual requires that the drive belt is changed at 100 hour intervals. The failed belt had accumulated 44 hours in service since installation. The pilot stated that drive belts of improved quality were now available from the aircraft kit importer".

=AAIB Conclusion=
"The forced landing occurred due to the failure of the propeller drive belt. The drive belt had not exceeded its suggested service life, but new drive belts of improved quality are now available from the aircraft kit distributor."

=Damage to Airframe=
Damage to right mainwheel strut and fuselage tubes


1. Flyer Magazine, July 2021 p.48:
2. AAIB Final Report:

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


G-CIUF at rest against a willow bush, near West Heath Common Quarry, 2 miles SW of Rogate, West Sussex 4 November 2020 (bottom left picture)

Revision history:

21-Apr-2021 15:56 Dr. John Smith Added
21-Apr-2021 15:58 Dr. John Smith Updated [Embed code]
21-Apr-2021 16:10 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
22-Apr-2021 19:11 harro Updated [Accident report]
20-May-2021 15:09 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]
20-May-2021 15:09 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]

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