Runway excursion during takeoff, Ewesley Farm, Northumberland, 27 August 2016.
The pilot reported that during takeoff from Runway 24 at Ewesley Farm airstrip, the right mainwheel entered long grass to the side of the runway, causing the aircraft to swing to the right and towards a fence. The aircraft cleared the fence but landed heavily on the rough ground beyond and was substantially damaged. The weather was good and the wind was light and from the south.
CAA Safety Sense Leaflet 12, ‘Strip Sense’ contains useful information for operating at unlicenced aerodromes and private strips.
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Published: 12 January 2017
Date of occurrence: 27 August 2016