Socata TB10 Tobago, G-OFLG
The pilot was attempting to take off from Runway 17 at Derby Airfield. The field performance was marginal and the aircraft failed to accelerate normally; it ran off the end of the grass runway at about 50 kt. The aircraft hit a hedge and ran into a ditch, causing extensive damage to the aircraft and serious injuries to the two occupants. Examination of the engine revealed that a maintenance error had allowed an induction air leak downstream of the carburettor. The investigation concluded that the accident occurred because the pilot did not recognise the slow acceleration in time to safely abort the takeoff.
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