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