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The pilot stated that just after the aircraft became airborne it encountered a strong gust of wind. The left wing tip and nosewheel struck the ground and the aircraft overturned. During the take-off run the pilot held back pressure on the control column and at 50 knots selected 10 degrees of flap, the aircraft becoming airborne after a ground roll of only 170 metres. The take-off distance required was 650 metres, however, the take-off was attempted on an unprepared salt pan with an available take-off distance of 300 metres. The pilot had operated from this area previously but on this occasion the aircraft was at a higher all up weight. The wind gust reported by the pilot was probably associated with a willy willy, encountered when the aircraft was at a low airspeed.

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General details
Date: 27 June 1985 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 0930  
Location:Cape Keer-weer, 147 km South of Weipa Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland Occurrence type: Loss of control 
Release date: 16 August 1985 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 172 
Aircraft registration: VH-WHK 
Type of operation: Business 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Cape Keer-weer QLD
Departure time:930
Destination:Musgrave Station QLD
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