wet grass, an uphill runway and a slight tailwind have been blamed for a plane crash on an airfield near Worksop.
A pilot and passenger were attempting to leave Netherthorpe Airfield, Thorpe Salvin, when the four seater light aircraft they were in failed to get off the ground and crashed through a hedge before ending upside down.
The 1974-built Cessna Skyhawk, registered in the name of Alastair Breckon, a trustee of the November Charlie Flying Group, Ringinglow Road, Sheffield, was extensively damaged in the crash.
An Air Accident Investigation Branch report into the crash said the 61-year-old pilot, who had 101 hours’ flying experience had carried out all the necessary checks prior to take off and the aircraft had just undergone its annul maintenance check.
But the report said that as the pilot began his take-off run he felt the aircraft was not accelerating in the way he was used to, which he attributed to the wet grass.
The report said: “He attempted to rotate the aircraft but it did not become airborne. It overran the runway and passed through a hedge before turning over.