Incident Details


General Information
Title: Inflight Drive Belt Malfunction
Date: 05/31/2012
Time: 1830
Location: Phoenixville, Pa

Pilot Information
Age: 46
Gender: Male
Pilot weight (without motor): US Pounds
Rating: Intermediate (PPG2 or Equivalent)
Experience: 50+ Hours Solo

Incident Detail Information
Type of Incident: Powerplant/Equipment Malfunction
Primary Cause: Mechanical Failure: Powerplant/Propeller
Contributing Distractions: Other
Windspeed: Light (Less than 5 MPH)
Wind Type: Steady
Thermal Conditions: None
Visibility: Unrestricted
Surface: Grass
Terrain: Flat
Site Elevation: 310 (feet above sea level)
Phase of Flight: Cruise
Purpose of Flight: Recreation

Safety Gear Used:
None
Helmet Full
Helmet Other
Protective Boots
Knee-pads
Elbow-pads
Wrist Guards
Reserve
Knife
Gloves
Strobe
Unknown

Communications: Two-way Radio w/ Helmet Mike & PTT
Damage to Pilot's Equipment: None
Wing: Dudek Synthesis 34
Motor: Fresh Breeze Monster

Injury Information
Pilot/Passenger Injury Severity: None
Hosipitalization: Not Applicable

Injuries:
None
Head
Face
Neck
Chest
Back
Abdomen
Shoulder
Arm
Elbow
Forearm
Wrist
Hand
Pelvis
Thigh
Calf
Ankle
Foot
Knee
Unknown

Collateral Damage:
None
By-Stander
Other Pilot
Animal
Property
Unknown

Narrative: Cruising up the Schuylkill River when the drive belt malfunctioned. I shut the engine down to prevent internal damage and descended into a grass field. EHV lines prevented a straight-in approach to the field adjacent a bark-park. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FmfQv1NATYI&hd=1 Contributing Factors: - belt condition missed during preflight :-( - identifying suitable landing areas during flight - communication gear allowed pickup coordination before I even landed

Photo:  No photo on file.