AAIB investigation to Piper PA-28-161 Cherokee Warrior II, G-SVEA

Struck trees near the edge of the runway during takeoff; subsequently crashed on the adjacent A40 road near Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, On 25 June 2016.


During takeoff, with the student in control, the aircraft started to veer to the left, towards a line of trees adjacent to the left edge of the runway. Although the instructor took control, he was unable to prevent the left wing from contacting the trees. This caused the aircraft to yaw to the left, ultimately rotating through 180° into the trees and out the other side, before landing on the nearby A40 road.

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Piper PA-28-161 Cherokee Warrior II, G-SVEA 11-16

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Published 10 November 2016