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Just after the pilot applied full power at the commencement of the takeoff run, the nose wheel struck an anthill. The nose gear leg collapsed and the aircraft slid a further 15 metres before coming to a stop. Although a strip inspection was carried out by the pilot both before landing and again whilst taxying, the anthill was not noticed because of its colour and composition.

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General details
Date: 27 October 1984 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: N/A Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Location:Kidson Field WA (2238S 12502E)  
State: Western Australia  
Release date: 20 December 1984 Occurrence category: Accident 
Report status: Final Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 421 
Aircraft registration: VH-ADK 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Kidson Field WA
Departure time:N/A
Destination:Well 33. WA (44 Km NW of Kidson Field WA)
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