Neil Hamilton / WATERSHED/
engines, performed the customary engine checks, and began taxiing the aircraft towards the
threshold of Runway 09.
Aligning the aircraft on the runway centreline, he set the parking brake, adjusted the trim
tab setting to full nose-up, and placed the headphones on Lepage‟s bloodied head. After
making one final check of the controls, he pushed the throttles to full power, released the
parking brake, and dropped to the runway. The aircraft slowly started rolling forward, its
high tail section passing over him, as he lay flat on the runway.
The counter-rotating propellers kept the aircraft centred on the runway as it gathered
speed. At approximately 72 miles per hour, the aircraft became airborne and climbed at an
increasing angle caused by the extreme nose up trim setting. The airspeed bled off quickly,