DH60G Gipsy Moth, G-ATBL
The pilot commenced his takeoff run at near the maximum all-up weight on Runway 18 of the 480 m long private grass strip which slopes down to the south. The reported surface wind was 240? to 250? at 10 kt, gusting to 15 kt. Just after getting airborne within a third of the available length, he encountered some turbulence and sink, and felt that the aircraft was not climbing as well as it should. He decided to abort, closed the throttle and landed back on the runway. However, he was unable to stop the aircraft before it rolled into a hedge off of the end of the strip, causing some damage to the aircraft. The pilot, who was wearing a full harness and helmet, and the passenger, who was wearing a lap strap and helmet, were unhurt.
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