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At a speed estimated by the pilot as 80 knots, he observed fluctuations in the oil pressure gauge of the port engine and he closed both throttles and abandoned the take-off. The tail of the aircraft was well off the ground at this stage, the pilot therefore attempted to lower the tail but the aircraft became airborne for a short period. He then took control action to return first the mainwheels and subsequently the tail wheel to the runway. When all three wheels were on the ground, heavy braking was applied but the aircraft over-ran the runway, continued through the prepared over-run area and finally ran into a creek some 180 metres beyond the sealed end of the runway.
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General details
Date: 22 December 1973 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 0735 EST  
Location:Thursday Island  Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland Occurrence type: Runway excursion 
Release date: 22 August 1977 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Minor 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Lockheed Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: Hudson MK3 
Aircraft registration: VH-AGX 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Thursday Island
Departure time:0734
Destination:Thursday Island
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