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During the takeoff run, the pilot reported that the aircraft encountered a crosswind from the left. Despite the application of left rudder and aileron the aircraft continued to drift towards the right of the strip. The pilot attempted to manoeuvre the aircraft over a gable marker but one of the mainwheels struck the marker and caused the aircraft to turn further to the right. The aircraft continued and the lower right wing was torn off after it struck a fence post. The aircraft came to rest 13 metres beyond the boundary fence. During the takeoff the wind velocity had changed appreciably and the aircraft had drifted well to the right of the strip before the pilot had attempted to take corrective action. The takeoff was not abandoned until after the aircraft had struck the fence.

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General details
Date: 27 September 1986 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1555  
Location:Kingston SE Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: South Australia Occurrence type: Loss of control 
Release date: 28 May 1987 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: de Havilland Aircraft Pty Ltd 
Aircraft model: DH-82 
Aircraft registration: VH-ART 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Kingston SE SA
Departure time:1555
Destination:Aldinga SA
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