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The student was receiving training in crosswind take-offs and landings in 5 to 10 knot wind conditions. For the third take-off in the sequence a minimum ground roll technique was employed. The aircraft lifted off in a slightly nose-high attitude but did not appear to be climbing or accelerating. The instructor took control but was unable to improve the aircraft performance and the right wing and maingear collided with a fence. The gear leg was detached, and shortly afterwards the aircraft touched down in the paddock beyond the fence. The nosegear collapsed and the aircraft slid sideways to a halt. No defect could be found with the aircraft which may have contributed to the accident. Neither the instructor nor the student had noted the engine rpm or the indicated airspeed prior to, or at lift-off. It would appear that the airspeed at lift-off was lower than the recommended speed and that the nose high attitude subsequently maintained prevented acceleration to gain adequate flying speed. Prior to take-off the wind direction was seen to be varying and it is possible that a slight downwind component may have affected the performance of the aircraft.

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General details
Date: 11 January 1986 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1720 aprx  
Location:Kempsey Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales  
Release date: 14 May 1986  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-38 
Aircraft registration: VH-FTI 
Type of operation: Flying Training 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Kempsey NSW
Departure time:1720 aprx
Destination:Kempsey NSW
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