Preliminary Report: Engine surge interrupts takeoff

 - June 7, 2007, 10:29 AM

Swearingen SA-226T, Wheeling, Ill., April 11, 2007–N125WG was substantially damaged during an aborted takeoff at Chicago Executive Airport. The ATP-rated pilot said he felt a “surge” from the left engine as he reached 75 knots on the takeoff roll. The surge continued and he could not maintain directional control. He pulled back the power and aborted the takeoff. The airplane veered off the left side of the runway and hit an airport sign, collapsing the nose gear.