Big cessna upended
The Cessna 195 had just taken off from Dunkeswell when its Jacobs radial engine began to lose power. It recovered briefly before suffering a total power loss at a point where turning back to the airfield was not an option. The pilot, who had only one hour on type, flew towards lower ground and checked mixture, throttle and fuel pumps. Moving the fuel selector to the left-, rightand then both tanks in turn and recycling both magnetos had no effect. He made an approach to a large field, touching down briefly on the soft ground before allowing the aircraft to fly down the gentle slope and touch down again on a gentle upslope. Its wheels began to dig in and, on crossing some slightly firmer ground, the pilot thought that the tail was lowering normally, but the mainwheels dug in heavily and the aircraft nosed over onto its back. The pilot was not injured, and no cause for the engine problem was subsequently found.