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The aircraft had been refurbished during the preceding months, and at the completion of this work the pilot intended to carry out a short test flight. He subsequently reported that as soon as the aircraft became airborne after a normal take-off roll, it veered sharply and the right wing dropped. Corrective control inputs had no effect, the wing and propeller struck the ground and the aircraft overturned, coming to rest about 200 metres from the start of the take-off roll. The surface wind was reported to be varying up to 30 degrees off the runway direction, and gusting up to 15 knots. Because of the degree of damage sustained however, it was not possible to determine whether the wind conditions or the rigging of the aircraft was the major factor contributing to the accident.

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General details
Date: 22 November 1985 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 0740  
Location:Camden Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales Occurrence type: Loss of control 
Release date: 26 February 1986 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: de Havilland Aircraft Pty Ltd 
Aircraft model: DH-82 
Aircraft registration: VH-MDV 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Camden NSW
Departure time:N/A
Destination:Camden NSW
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