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The pilot reported that at about 50 knots during the take-off run, he heard a loud noise and the aircraft began to progressively adopt a nose low attitude. The nose of the aircraft dug into the ground and the aircraft overturned. When the pilot inspected the aircraft following the accident, he found that the landing gear was retracted and that the gear selector was in the up position. The pilot did not recall the position of the selector before the commencement of the take-off. Inspection and testing of the gear system failed to reveal any fault that could have contributed to this accident. It is considered possible that the gear lever was not correctly positioned in the down detent prior to the takeoff being commenced. It is then likely that during the takeoff run the lever worked its way towards the up position and that the gear began to retract when the weight of the aircraft was taken off the gear as the aircraft ran over a hump in the strip.

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General details
Date: 02 November 1985 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1413  
Location:Compton Downs, 48km NE of Richmond Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland  
Release date: 06 February 1987  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 172 
Aircraft registration: VH-KPL 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Compton Downs QLD
Departure time:1413
Destination:Richmond Downs QLD
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