Piper PA-28R-180 Cherokee Arrow, G-CSWH
The pilot intended to take off from Runway 22 at Abbots Bromley. The grass runway is 680 m long and is up sloping either side of the centre. The runway surface was reportedly firm and covered with 1 to 2 cm of snow from a recent shower; the aircraft itself was free of snow. The initial acceleration appeared normal and the aircraft lifted off approximately halfway along the runway. It immediately drifted to the left, which the pilot corrected. It then touched down twice on the now up sloping runway. It failed to climb and passed through two hedges before coming to rest in a field with its right wing detached. Neither occupant was injured and both vacated the aircraft through the main door.
Date of occurrence: 19 February 2010