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After taxiing towards the south western end of the strip which is 4,000 feet long, the pilot decided he would take off into the south west in light wind conditions. He turned and then taxied to the north eastern end of the strip and after making a fast turn through 180 degrees to avoid a soft boggy area, he commenced take off from a rolling start. The pilot employed a short field take off technique and the aircraft became airborne at approximately 65 knots after a ground roll of some 900 feet. As the speed was approaching 80 knots the pilot selected the landing gear "UP" and almost simultaneously the port engine lost power. The safe speed for take off is 90 knots. The pilot corrected the initial swing to the left which the aircraft developed but he was unable to maintain directional and lateral control and the aircraft struck a sand hill some 2,700 feet from the point where take off commenced and 400 feet to the left of the strip.

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General details
Date: 18 July 1969 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 0715 CST Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Location:Andamooka Opal Fields  
State: South Australia  
Release date: 10 March 1971 Occurrence category: Accident 
Report status: Final Highest injury level: Fatal 
 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Beech Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: 95 
Aircraft registration: VH-ARY 
Type of operation: Business 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:Andamooka Opal Fields
Destination:Adelaide
 
Injuries
 CrewPassengerGroundTotal
Fatal: 0202
Serious: 1102
Total:1304
 
 
 
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