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As the aircraft was being rotated for take-off, the pilot detected a slight loss of performance from the right engine. He looked towards the engine and saw evidence of fire around the air intake on top of the cowling. The take-off was abandoned, both propellers were feathered and heavy braking was applied. The aircraft overran the strip and entered a very muddy field. The nosegear collapsed and the right engine was torn from its mounts before the aircraft came to rest 110 metres beyond the strip threshold. The pilot rapidly vacated the aircraft and waited for several minutes until rescuers arrived and extinguished the fire. The subsequent investigation did not reveal any evidence of a pre-impact fire, and all fire damage was found to have occurred after the aircraft had come to rest. No positive reason for the reported power loss was established, however tests showed that the spark from the magnetos was weaker than normal. At the point where the take-off attempt was abandoned, insufficient strip length remained in which to stop the aircraft.

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General details
Date: 03 December 1985 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: N/A  
Location:Collymongle Station (22 km NE Collarenebri) Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales  
Release date: 31 July 1986  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Beech Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: 58 
Aircraft registration: VH-SWT 
Type of operation: Charter 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Collymongle Station NSW
Departure time:N/A
Destination:Port Macquarie NSW
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