AAIB investigation to Aero AT-3 R100, G-SACW

Loss of control during takeoff, Sherburn-in-Elmet Aerodrome, North Yorkshire, 17 February 2019.


During the takeoff roll on grass Runway 19, the aircraft went over a “hump” in the runway at an airspeed of about 40 kt and became airborne. The pilot reported that, as the aircraft was “below flying speed”, he reduced the pitch attitude slightly, but the aircraft’s nose continued to drop and, upon contact with the runway, the nosewheel detached. The aircraft came to a stop shortly after (Figure 1) and the pilot shut down the engine. Both occupants were uninjured.

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Published 9 May 2019