A remarkable report . Some superb aeronautical detective-work by the AAIU. 3 separate faults combined to cause a power loss at a critical time for a student pilot - who fortunately followed Bob Hoover's sage advice 'fly the aircraft as far into the crash as possible - it hurts less' :-)
- If something is wrong investigate - it is highly unlikely to fix itself!
- Have you practiced engine failures
- - recently?
- - realistically? (ie right down to low level and not simply going around at 500 ft)
Think about a partial/intermittent failure or a power loss - can often be more dangerous than a total failure - is it possibly better to shut down when committed and concentrate on a forced landing? Great discussion here:
- Have you thought about the 'real world' glide capability of your aircraft following an engine failure?
- - Especially if the prop is windmilling...
- - NB its likely to be MUCH 'draggier' than a glide with an engine at idle!
- It is highly likely that around 70 % of all engine failure incidents/accidents that have occurred in the past 20 years in Ireland have resulted in failure to reach the intended landing area.