During the pre-flight inspection the pilot checked the fuel quantity, which he reported as being 22 litres in the right tank and 15 litres in the left. The engine started without difficulty and the mag drops were reportedly satisfactory. Once the engine was warm, the pilot taxied the aircraft towards the runway and carried out the final checks, which were normal. He selected one stage of flap and full throttle for the takeoff on Runway 07. After rotation and becoming airborne, the pilot placed the aircraft in a steep climb, mindful of the wind from the right and a telephone mast on the left.
Shortly after takeoff the engine stopped and the aircraft stalled. It came to rest close to the far end of Runway 07, with the pilot having received serious injuries including a fractured spine, two broken ankles and internal injuries.
The cause of the engine failure was not determined with any certainty, but the pilot suspected fuel starvation.