Loss of control on takeoff, Bourn Airfield, Cambridgeshire, 17 October 2016.
The aircraft was seen to take off with 40° flap set. It did not appear to climb and flew at low level above the runway. Approaching a line of trees beyond the end of the runway, the nose pitched up and the aircraft banked left. The left wing dropped and the aircraft descended in a steep nose-down attitude into the ground. The pilot was fatally injured but the passenger survived. The investigation concluded that the pilot had attempted to take off with the flaps unintentionally set to the fully deployed position. The excess drag in this condition prevented the aircraft from climbing.
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Published: 14 September 2017
Date of occurrence: 17 October 2016