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The pilot was called out at about 0400 hours local time for an urgent medical flight from Wynyard to Melbourne. This required positioning the aircraft from its base at Devonport to Wynyard. The take-off from Devonport was made in darkness with an overcast sky and light drizzle. The aircraft then apparently continued on the take-off heading at high power and low level until it struck the ground at high speed in a forest area 25 km south of Wynyard and 56 km from Devonport. The cause of the accident could not be determined but the possibility of pilot incapacitation could not be discounted.

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General details
Date: 12 March 1983 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 510  
Location:50 km West of Devonport Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Tasmania Occurrence type: Collision with terrain 
Release date: 08 March 1984 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Fatal 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Beech Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: 58 
Aircraft registration: VH-CTU 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:Devonport TAS
Departure time:0510
Destination:Wynyard TAS
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