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After having inspected a property, the pilot and his passengers returned to the aircraft to prepare for DEPARTURE. A storm was approaching the strip from the north and a 10 to 15 knot crosswind prevailed at the strip. A take-off into the east was commenced, the aircraft became airborne and as it crossed the upwind end of the strip, it was affected by a sudden gust of wind. The aircraft yawed to the right, lost altitude and struck the ground, before coming to rest in a ploughed paddock. At the time of the attempted take-off the location of the approaching storm was conducive to the presence of strong downdraughts or possibly microbursts in the vicinity of the strip. The pilot elected to commence the take-off because he was concerned that heavy rain at the strip would have rendered it unserviceable.

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General details
Date: 21 November 1985 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1510  
Location:Morana Station 35 km North of Emerald Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland Occurrence type: Collision with terrain 
Release date: 24 April 1986 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Beech Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: 24 
Aircraft registration: VH-DJD 
Type of operation: Business 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Morana Station QLD
Departure time:1510
Destination:Emerald QLD
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