The 20,000-hour airline transport pilot stated that the aircraft was slow to accelerate during the takeoff roll, and that it was hot with no wind. The airplane did not become airborne, and the pilot reduced power to abort the takeoff; however, the airplane exited the departure end of Runway 35 (2,900 feet usable) and the nose landing gear collapsed. According to information in the Velocity Owner’s Flight Manual, the maximum gross weight for takeoff was 2,250 pounds. According to information provided by the pilot, the estimated weight of the aircraft at the time of takeoff was 1,999 pounds. At the time of the accident, the winds were reported variable at 4 knots, and the temperature at 38 degrees Celsius. The Investigator-In-Charge calculated the density altitude at 3,482 feet.
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Posted By: Brett FerrellSaturday August 23rd, 2003 at 2:42 PM