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The first take-off attempt towards the South was abandoned because the pilot was uncertain whether the aircraft would become airborne in the distance available. He noted that the windsock indicated calm conditions, and after completing another engine run, elected to take-off towards the North. However, the windsock was sheltered from the prevailing wind and did not indicate the five to seven knot tailwind existing for the initial part of the takeoff. Full power was applied before the brakes were released, however acceleration appeared to be uneven, reducing as the wheels passed through soft areas on the strip. The aircraft struck a fence shortly after lift-off, and touched down in a nose-high attitude. It then bounced several times, struck a mound of sand and debris, and overturned. The investigation established that with the tailwind and soft wet surface conditions existing at the time there was insufficient runway length available. The pilot recognised the slow acceleration of the aircraft, but delayed his decision to abort the takeoff attempt.

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General details
Date: 06 July 1986 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: N/A  
Location:Tangalooma Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland  
Release date: 30 April 1987  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Minor 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: American Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: AA-5 
Aircraft registration: VH-SYX 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Tangalooma QLD
Departure time:N/A
Destination:Tangalooma QLD
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