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After lift-off at 85 knots, the pilot noted a positive rate of climb before retracting the landing gear and flaps. He then felt the aircraft sink and noted a high indicated rate of descent. Although full power was applied the descent continued until the aircraft struck the runway in a slightly nose-up attitude. The aircraft slid across the overrun area and through a fence before coming to rest. Fire broke out and engulfed the wreckage. At the time of the accident the aircraft weight was more than 200 kg above the maximum allowable and the centre of gravity was 142 mm forward of the forward limit. The pilot had been unable to retain control of the aircraft during the initial climb phase when the flaps were retracted at a relatively low airspeed.

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General details
Date: 01 February 1979 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 0125 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Location:Charleville Occurrence type:Collision with terrain 
State: Queensland Occurrence class: Operational 
Release date: 17 August 1984 Occurrence category: Accident 
Report status: Final Highest injury level: Serious 
 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Ted Smith Aerostar Corp. 
Aircraft model: 601 
Aircraft registration: VH-CPH 
Type of operation: Charter 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:Charleville QLD
Departure time:N/A
Destination:Mt Isa QLD
 
 
 
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