Pitts S-1C (4 Aileron), G-LOOP
During a takeoff on the grass Runway 23, the aircraft hit a bump in the runway surface, and became airborne with insufficient speed to fly. The aircraft landed heavily, and sustained damage, which caused it to slew off the runway. The pilot discontinued the takeoff attempt and the aircraft came to a halt. The airfield owner reported that he was not aware of any bumps on the runway surface which could cause such an accident. A search of the AAIB database (for the ten years prior to the accident) revealed no other accidents in which the runway surface at Sandown was suggested as a factor.
Published 10 December 2014