Quik GTR, G-CHFU
The pilot had performed the required pre-flight checks and the aircraft was taking off from Runway 28 of the farm strip. The wind was from the north-north-east at 3 to 4 kt, gusting 16 kt. The aircraft had covered some 50 m and was approaching takeoff speed when it suddenly veered to the right. The pilot tried to correct the swing and applied forward pressure on the control bar, hoping to become airborne. However the turn appeared to tighten and the aircraft left the runway, sliding on its right side into the adjacent field. The pilot shut down the engine and vacated the aircraft without injury. He attributed the loss of directional control to a sudden gust of wind, possibly in conjunction with the soft, damp grass of the runway.
Quik GTR, G-CHFU 04-14.pdf (132.32 kb)