The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has released its initial findings into a fatal plane crash in Geraldton.
Gerry Gould, 60, was flying the Lancair Legacy aircraft when it came down near Geraldton Regional Airport on September 18.
The bureau says halfway along the runway, it appears the plane’s brakes were applied and about the same time, the canopy partially opened.
The ATSB says the pilot proceeded to take off, and the plane banked to the left and the canopy opened further.
The bureau says Mr Gould appeared to be manoeuvring for a landing when the aircraft’s wheels hit a roadside kerb and a perimeter fence and burst into flames.
It is expected the bureau’s final report will be released by February.