Pilot noticed engine oil leak before crash landing plane

A light aircraft crashed at Beccles Airfield. Photo: Paul Cossey

A light aircraft crashed at Beccles Airfield. Photo: Paul Cossey - Credit: Archant

A pilot miraculously escaped unharmed after his aircraft crash landed at Beccles Airfield.

The pilot of the Piper PA-18 Super Cub made a precautionary landing at the airfield on April 7 this year following an engine oil leak and a reduction in oil pressure.

In an Air Accidents Investigations Branch (AAIB) correspondence report, it states the pilot had left his home airfield at Crowfield, near Norwich, on a cross country flight.

When the aircraft was in Lowestoft, at a height of 1,900ft, the pilot noticed oil dripping onto his leg and cockpit floor when he decided to head back.

After concerns the engine might fail, he decided to make a precautionary landing at Beccles, but as the aircraft decelerated it flipped to the right and the main wheels ran onto the grass, causing it nose over and land upside down.


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The pilot, who was the only person on board, escaped with no injuries.

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