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Narrative: The Reims-Cessna F152 sustained damage subsequent to a nose landing gear collapse during a forced landing to an open field at Mill Hill in Shoreham-by-sea, West Sussex, England. The pilot, the sole occupant, was uninjured.
The pilot was carrying out circuit practice at Shoreham Airport using Runway 20. He had carried out four uneventful circuits with ‘touch-and-go’ landings, and then while late downwind on his fifth circuit, at about 1,100 ft aal, he reported that the engine started coughing and losing power. The pilot carried out some checks, but the engine subsequently lost all power. He picked a field and glided to it but touched down nosewheel first causing the nose landing gear leg to collapse.
Conclusion The engine lost power late downwind in the circuit. The maintenance organisation’s engine and fuel system examinations did not reveal any faults, although the engine core had yet to be examined. The conditions were conducive to carburettor icing at any power, so this was a possible cause, but no conclusive cause could be determined. The pilot had recently practised forced landings with an instructor and this likely contributed to the safe outcome.
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