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The pilot had been carrying out a number of flights to strips in the general area. After completing repairs to a bore pump the pilot and passenger prepared to return to the property homestead, some 20 kilometres to the North. Shortly after the take-off roll commenced, the aircraft began to veer to the right. Full left rudder was progressively applied, but directional control could not be maintained. The right wing collided with a number of bushes and saplings alongside the strip. The aircraft then slewed rapidly to the right and the nosegear collapsed. Investigation revealed that the aircraft had rolled for 104 metres before the right wing struck and broke a small sapling. This coincided with the initial veer to the right as reported by the pilot. As the aircraft diverged from the centre of the strip, it entered an area of soft loam, which increased the drag on the right wheel. The scrub struck by the aircraft had encroached onto the strip, reducing the width in places to about 15 metres. The pilot had been aware that the strip had not been cleared of undergrowth for some 21 months.

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General details
Date: 25 November 1986 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: N/A Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Location:"The Well Strip" (96 km NW Cobar)  
State: New South Wales  
Release date: 14 January 1987 Occurrence category: Accident 
Report status: Final Highest injury level: None 
 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 150 
Aircraft registration: VH-KML 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:"The Well Strip" NSW
Departure time:N/A
Destination:Tundulya Station NSW
 
 
 
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