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After completing a dual instruction period of crosswind take-offs and landings the pilot prepared for solo exercises in the training area. At about 45 knots during the take-off roll the aircraft unexpectedly became airborne. The pilot had been correcting for the left crosswind and when the aircraft touched down again its heading altered sharply to the left. Attempts to regain control were unsuccessful and the pilot abandoned the take-off. Damage to the nosegear was sustained when the aircraft entered a ditch before coming to rest off the side of the strip. The wind at the time of the attempted take-off was gusting close to the crosswind limit for the aircraft type. After the aircraft ran off the strip, soft wet ground reduced braking effectiveness, and the pilot was unable to prevent the entry into the ditch.

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General details
Date: 10 November 1984 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1630  
Location:Archerfield Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland Occurrence type: Loss of control 
Release date: 27 March 1985 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Beech Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: 77 
Aircraft registration: VH-HBJ 
Type of operation: Flying Training 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Archerfield QLD
Departure time:N/A
Destination:Archerfield QLD
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