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The pilot began his take-off run from a paddock which he had inspected some days earlier. He abandoned the take-off when the nosewheel struck a lime stone block at a point 75 yards along the take-off path and covered by a smooth mound of earth. The pilot then inspected the nosewheel assembly and engine cowlings but did not detect any damage. In fact, the impact had bent the nosewheel rim and trim and had pushed the nosewheel struts slightly rearward distorting the fire-wall and wrinkling the underside of the fuselage. The fuselage distortion displaced the elevator control cable pulleys which resulted in slackening of the elevator cables. As the pilot had detected no damage he then restarted the aircraft, and completed a pre take-off cockpit check, but did not check the flying controls. He took off and climbed to 1,500 feet where, on levelling out, he became aware of abnormal free play in the elevator controls. Without delay he made a safe landing in another paddock. The free play in the elevator controls was found to be 1 1/2 inches at the pilot controls and 5 1/2 inches at the elevator trailing edge.
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General details
Date: 01 October 1969 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1240 CST  
Location:Minlaton Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: South Australia  
Release date: 06 May 1970  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 182 
Aircraft registration: VH-DVO 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Minlaton
Departure time:1240
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