Piper PA-28-161 Cherokee Warrior II, G-BNOE
A first attempt at takeoff was aborted when it became apparent to the pilot that the aircraft was not achieving flying speed. The aircraft came to a halt at the end of the runway, but assistance was required to recover it to the taxiway. A second attempt was made on the reciprocal runway after the pilot had off-loaded his passenger. The flaps were set at 25º on this occasion; however the aircraft once again failed to achieve flying speed and the takeoff was aborted. The pilot was unable to halt the aircraft before the end of the runway, with the result that it came to rest in a shallow ditch in a field beyond. It is possible that the soft nature of the ground was a significant factor in both takeoff attempts.
Published 10 December 2014