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The pilot landed the aircraft on a nine metre wide gravel road to check on one of his staff, working nearby. Following the check, the pilot commenced a takeoff towards the west in 10-15 knot northerly wind. At an indicated airspeed of about 40 knots the aircraft drifted to left off the side of the road. The pilot continued with the takeoff attempt but the aircraft continued to turn to the left, downwind, and travelled about 600 metres before the nosewheel entered a ditch and the aircraft overturned. During the takeoff attempt into-wind aileron was not used to conteract the crosswind. The takeoff attempt was not discontinued when the aircraft diverged from the intended takeoff path.

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General details
Date: 16 December 1986 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1430  
Location:New Bore, 55km NE of Boulia Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland  
Release date: 28 May 1987  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Minor 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 172 
Aircraft registration: VH-WTL 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:New Bore QLD
Departure time:1400
Destination:Elrose Station, 24km NE of Boulia QLD
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