Preliminary Accident Reports

October 2001 Issue

July 06, Cortland, Ohio / Sonerai II

At 19:40 eastern time, a homebuilt Sonerai II was damaged during an aborted takeoff from a private airstrip. The pilot suffered minor injuries. The pilot said the airplane had been stored at his residence since he purchased it 2½ years earlier. This was his first flight in the airplane. The pilot said the airplane “lost its climb rate” at about 15 feet agl and put it into some brush because he did not think it would clear trees at the end of the 2,500-foot turf runway....

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