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The pilot hired the aircraft, a type he had not flown for four years, for a trip to what he believed to be an authorised landing area (ALA). However, he did not check the strip condition prior to DEPARTURE for the ALA. During the takeoff run at the ALA, the aircraft entered thick grass located to the left of a ten metre cleared area along the strip centreline. The acceleration of the aircraft was retarded and the pilot, realising that the aircraft would not accelerate to takeoff speed in the distance remaining, abandoned the takeoff. The aircraft stopped 64 metres beyond the end of the strip after colliding with two fence lines and a road shoulder.

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General details
Date: 10 September 1986 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1330  
Location:Farrell Flat, 100km north of Adelaide Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: South Australia Occurrence type: Runway excursion 
Release date: 12 May 1987 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Beech Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: 23 
Aircraft registration: VH-AHB 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Farrell Flat SA
Departure time:1330
Destination:Parafield SA
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