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The pilot attempted to takeoff on an access track to a cattleyard. A southerly wind of about 15 knots necessitated take-off to the south, towards the yard. The aircraft was near gross weight and short-field technique was used. At a position 411 metres from the brakes-release point, the right brake caliper assembly struck a 1.65 metre high section of fence which formed the cattleyard. The right wing sheared off outboard of the fuel tank when it hit an adjacent 3 metre high fence cap. The aircraft then impacted the ground in a steep nose down attitude and slid inverted for a short distance before coming to rest. The aircraft had been airborne for 155 metres prior to the first impact. The pilot did not consult performance charts and underestimated the distance required for the aircraft to safely complete the take-off at this weight. There was sufficient room available for the pilot to taxi the aircraft at least a further 300 metres along the track to the north before attempting the take-off. A properly constructed, serviceable airstrip was located within 500 metres of the cattleyard.

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General details
Date: 05 July 1987 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1530 approx  
Location:44 km S Anthony Lagoon Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Northern Territory  
Release date: 30 October 1987  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Minor 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 172 
Aircraft registration: VH-WIQ 
Serial number: 172-75664 
Type of operation: Business 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:44 km S Anthony Lagoon NT
Departure time:N/A
Destination:Walhallow Station NT
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