Accident: Piper PA 32, G-ILTS, Warren’s airstrip Montague Gorey Co Wexford, 12 Nov 1996: Report No 1999-001

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During take-off from a grass airstrip near Gorey, Co Wexford, the aircraft did not become airborne until near the end of the runway, where it struck a barbed wire boundary fence, breaking two wooden poles in the process. The aircraft continued to fly with a high nose-up attitude for a further 300 metres before the pilot elected to carry out an emergency landing in an adjacent field. The field, which was cultivated and planted with small saplings, had furrows running at right angles to the direction of flight. After an initial heavy impact into the field, the main undercarriage was torn off and substantial damage was caused to the underside of the aircraft, before it finally came to rest. All five persons onboard the aircraft evacuated without injury. Time of impact was 0947 hours approximately. There was no fire. 


Occurrence Date: November 12, 1996
Report Date: January 30, 1999
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