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Occurrence of the Month relates to an engine failure of a Robin DR400 in the circuit and a successful forced landing with no injury to any of the four occupants.
A/C, Robin DR400, EGHR-EGHR [Chichester/Goodwood] (local flight), 4 souls on board, called a MAYDAY due to engine failure. Forced landing into a field south of Tangmere. Aerodrome RFFS and emergency services responded to the off aerodrome incident. Four souls self evacuated with no reportable injuries. A/C damage to be assessed.
I was PIC of a local flight from which was planned with 4 POB. The flight was planned for an estimated flight time of 1 hour and weights/mass & balance and performance were checked to be within limits. On walkaround of the aircraft, everything was serviceable. The fuel indicated by the gauge was 3/4 of the 110ltr tank; this corresponded with the visual check. Also, the pilot handing the aircraft over to me confirmed it was full before his flight which had lasted around an hour. I planned using 40ltr/hr as specified from our flying group manager. This left me with 40 ltrs post flight (if to plan). During the flight everything was normal and the fuel indicator decreased sensibly with each Freda check. Upon first approach at Goodwood, a go-around was performed due to aircraft on runway. On the second approach at 800ft QFE the low fuel pressure light illuminated and the engine coughed before stopping completely and wind milling. I followed the engine failure in flight procedures twice but the engine didn't restart. I called a mayday and executed a successful landing in a field south of Tangmere (near Oving). On investigation, it appeared the aircraft had run out of fuel. There was no indication this was the case at any point throughout the flight including on the visual inspection before hand, however judging the fuel level visually in the Robin is always difficult due to lighting/position therefore a gauge check always backs this up. There was no indication in the tech log that the fuel gauge was U/S. No one was injured and the aircraft was not damaged.