At Cranfield Airport in Bedfordshire, the four-seat, single-engine DA 40 NG was barely airborne for around 12 seconds when pilot went down.
The plane’s centre of gravity was additionally impacted by four other unsecured containers.
The organisation the pilot was employed by has “started safety steps,” according to the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB).
An unsecured de-icing fluid container, along with four others on seats and one in the rear footwell, were all found in the front right footwell, according to the AAIB’s findings into the collision on December 12, 2020.
The report stated that even though the plane was getting close to its maximum authorised takeoff weight, it was believed the pilot had adequate experience to handle the situation.
The right wing was seen to drop and be retrieved about five seconds after takeoff, while the left wing dropped right after.
The plane subsequently dropped to the earth next to the runway from a height of around 100 to 200 feet (30 to 61 metres).
The pilot had serious injuries, including memory loss that prevented him from recalling the flight, and was taken by air ambulance to the hospital.
The front container prevented the control stick from being fully advanced to “properly manage the aircraft and avoid stalling,” according to the study.
It claimed that the accident was caused by this restriction, the weight, and the “aft centre of gravity limit.”
According to the report, the pilot’s company had made several recommendations as a result of its own investigation, which it was putting into practise.
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