Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Microlight engine failure at 300ft and emergency landing


"Cockpit camera captures the terrifying moment a micro-light's engine cuts out in mid-air, forcing the pilot to make an emergency crash landing. Aviator John Merriman, 53, was making a solo flight in his two-seater microlight aircraft above the Somerset countryside this month, during a rare spell of good weather. Soaring at 300ft and at a steady speed of 50 knots, it was John's second flight of the day. But 11 minutes into the flight, the engine suddenly cut out, bringing the propeller to a juddering halt and filling the cockpit with an eerie silence."

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