Pierre Robin R2112, G-BIVA
The pilot planned to carry out a couple of approaches at Truro airfield. After the first approach the pilot decided that the runway looked suitable to carry out a touch and go, despite the long grass. The aircraft touched down 40 m beyond the runway threshold at a speed of around 50 kt. The pilot stated that the retardation as the aircraft rolled along the surface was noticeable but did not seem excessive. He then applied full power and raised the flaps to the take-off position. The aircraft did not become airborne and continued off the runway and went through a frangible fence and coming to rest in the field beyond. Both occupants were uninjured and vacated the aircraft normally. The pilot considered that the aircraft had suffered a power loss due to carburettor icing. He also stated that this aircraft type was new to him and therefore, as the take-off position is flatter than he is used to, he may have let the aircraft remain on the runway for too long. Grass, and in this case long grass, can increase the rolling resistance and therefore the take-off ground run.
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