Mainair Blade, G-BZLM
The aircraft was operating from a grass strip. The takeoff was normal until a height of approximately 30-40 ft when the aircraft ceased climbing and the left wing struck a light stanchion. The aircraft then descended and the aircraft struck the ground. A contaminated fuel filter had previously led to a loss of power from the engine. The pilot and his instructor considered that the type of oil used in the two-stroke mixture may have been a contributory factor in the subsequent accident. An additional factor in the accident may have been the large forward movement of the control bar in the marginal climb conditions.
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