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The pilot was attempting to takeoff on a wet strip, which sloped markedly down from the centre towards each end. To minimise the effect of a slight tailwind, and to avoid an obstruction at the end of the strip, the pilot planned to angle the ground run. Takeoff was commenced from the left side of the strip, but when the aircraft had reached the top of the hump in the strip, the pilot realised that he had angled the run excessively and was now outside the markers on the right side. The aircraft subsequently collided with scrub and trees. The strip markers were difficult to see, and had compounded the pilot's difficulty in accurately assessing the angle at which he planned to carry out the takeoff. At the point where the pilot realised the aircraft was running off the side of the strip there was insufficient distance remaining to either abandon or safely continue the takeoff attempt.

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General details
Date: 07 December 1986 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: N/A  
Location:Three Hummock Island Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Tasmania  
Release date: 12 May 1987  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Auster Aircraft Ltd 
Aircraft model: J1 
Aircraft registration: VH-AMK 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Three Hummock Island TAS
Departure time:N/A
Destination:Smithton TAS
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