Preliminary Accident Reports

November 2010 Issue

September 12, 2010, Clearwater, Fla., Piaggio P-180

The airplane came to rest with the landing gear retracted at about 1530 Eastern time. Visual conditions prevailed for the post-maintenance test flight. The airplane sustained substantial damage, but there were no injuries to the airline transport pilot or commercial copilot. The flight was originating at the time of the accident. As rotation was initiated at 100 knots, the airplane felt "a little soft" and the flight controls "felt funny." The crew elected to abort the takeoff. The nose landing gear contacted the runway; the crew also heard a scraping sound from the aft fuselage contacting the runway.

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