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The pilot conducted the pre-take-off checks, including the engine runup, while taxiing for take-off. This resulted in a higher than normal taxy speed. Anticipating a 180 degree turn to align the aircraft for take-off, the pilot moved the aircraft to the right of the strip and looked back over his left shoulder. The right wing struck a four metre high tree which was located 10.5 metres to the right of the strip centreline. The aircraft pitched forward, lurched to the left and the left wing struck the ground before the aircraft settled back onto its gear. The pilot had suffered a delayed DEPARTURE earlier in the day due to the requirements of his business. He had not operated into the strip previously and did not notice the tree during an aerial inspection prior to landing.

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General details
Date: 08 April 1986 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: N/A Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Location:Euroka Station, 172km WNW of Rockhampton  
State: Queensland  
Release date: 07 May 1986 Occurrence category: Accident 
Report status: Final Highest injury level: None 
 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 150 
Aircraft registration: VH-RXJ 
Type of operation: Business 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Euroka Station QLD
Departure time:N/A
Destination:Tartrus Station QLD
 
 
 
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