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The strip being used was aligned southeast and the wind of 15 knots was swinging from southeast to southwest. On the second takeoff for the day acceleration was sluggish and the pilot kept the main wheels in contact with the strip surface for longer than normal before allowing the aircraft to become airborne. Shortly after lift off the aircraft mushed and the wheels contacted the ground. The pilot abandoned the takeoff attempt and the aircraft came to rest 240 metres beyond the end of the strip after sustaining damage to the left wing and landing gear. The pilot had limited experience on the type and did not appreciate that the engine was not developing full power during the take-off attempt. The mixture control cable outer sheath was found to be broken, in such a position that it could randomly prevent full travel of the mixture control, with consequent reduction of fuel flow to the engine.

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General details
Date: 29 September 1984 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: N/A  
Location:"Coreen" Property, 120 km West of Rockhampton Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland  
Release date: 18 February 1986  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 188 
Aircraft registration: VH-EVU 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:"Coreen" Property QLD
Departure time:N/A
Destination:"Coreen" Property QLD
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