Accident: Reims Cessna FRA150M, G-BDOW, Newcastle Airfield, Co. Wicklow, Ireland, 13 July 2012: Report 2013-011


The aircraft carried out two short flights from EINC, as part of a pre-purchase evaluation. During the second flight, the Passenger noticed a momentary RPM drop and the Pilot decided to return to EINC for a landing. He carried out a normal left-hand downwind and base leg and turned onto finals for Runway (RWY) 36. On short finals at a height of approximately 150 feet, the engine stopped without warning and the aircraft descended rapidly, struck the airfield boundary fence and came to rest in a ditch. The two occupants were uninjured. The aircraft sustained substantial damage which was beyond economic repair. There was no fire.
Occurrence Date: 
Friday, 13 July, 2012
Report Date: 
Friday, 30 August, 2013