Skybolt spun in
The Ppl-rated pilot, who had logged one hour on the Steen Skybolt and was making his third flight in the aircraft that day, was cruising at about 1,500ft over a wind farm when the engine shuddered and the propeller stopped. He was very familiar with the area and knew which fields were most suitable for a forced landing, and chose one he had just passed on his right. During the turn he kept the bank angle to about 15°, and noted that his airspeed of about 100mph was well in excess of the straight and level stall speed of 56mph. However, at about 400ft over a wooded area the aircraft stalled, dropped its right wing and spun nose-down through about 270° into trees near the edge of a wooded area. Both of the aircraft’s g-meters recorded a peak deceleration of 10g. The aircraft was substantially damaged, but pilot, who was wearing a full harness and helmet, was uninjured.