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During lift off, the stall warning sounded and there is evidence that it continued to sound as the aircraft climbed away. At a height of about 50 feet the left wing dropped and the aircraft descended steeply in a turn to the left, striking the scrub covered ground about 250 feet north east of the eastern end of the airstrip. The operations manual specifies 10 degrees of flap for minimum ground roll on take off and up to 10 degrees of flap for take off in cross wind conditions but, for take off on this occasion, the pilot selected 20 degrees of flap. The take off was made into the east, with a strong gusting wind blowing approximately from the north east, giving a crosswind component at or near the 15 knot maximum permitted for the aircraft type.
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General details
Date: 10 March 1972 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1025 EST Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Location:Three Hummock Island Occurrence type:Loss of control 
State: Tasmania Occurrence class: Operational 
Release date: 30 November 1972 Occurrence category: Accident 
Report status: Final Highest injury level: Serious 
 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 172 
Aircraft registration: VH-IAN 
Type of operation: Charter 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Three Hummock Island
Departure time:1025
Destination:Smithton
 
 
 
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