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The pilot reported that as he applied full power for takeoff, on strip 32, the aircraft began to swing to the left. He was unable to correct the situation and the aircraft ran off the strip and collided with trees. The wind velocity at the time was reported by the pilot to have been a light south-westerly. The topography surrounding the strip is known to give rise to sudden and unpredictable wind gusts and it is possible that the aircraft encountered such a gust as the takeoff run was commenced.

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General details
Date: 24 June 1986 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: N/A Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Location:Shute Harbour Occurrence type:Loss of control 
State: Queensland Occurrence class: Operational 
Release date: 12 November 1986 Occurrence category: Accident 
Report status: Final Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: de Havilland Aircraft Pty Ltd 
Aircraft model: DH-82 
Aircraft registration: VH-RTA 
Type of operation: Charter 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Shute Harbour QLD
Departure time:N/A
Destination:Shute Harbour QLD
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