During takeoff from Runway 08 at Belle Vue Airfield the aircraft suddenly pitched up and starting rolling to the left. The pitch up was possibly caused by a bump in the runway or a sudden gust of wind. The pilot attempted to correct the pitch and roll but was unable to stop the aircraft hitting a fence beside the runway. The port wing struck first, followed by the undercarriage and propeller spinning the aircraft around so it came to rest facing the beginning of the runway. Neither the pilot nor the passenger were injured although the aircraft was damaged beyond economic repair.
The pilot felt that his attempt to stop the aircraft rolling further to the left at such a slow speed may well have exacerbated the situation causing the aircraft to pitch and roll faster as if stalled.
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Published 12 October 2017