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The pilot was attempting to take-off from a dirt road to fly to the Station's strip. Just as the aircraft became airborne a slight left turn had to be negotiated. During the turn, the left wingtip struck a clump of bushes and the aircraft slewed to the left. The left wheel struck an embankment and the aircraft proceeded through a small bush and also clipped the top off another small tree with the right wing. Full power was still applied to the engine and the aircraft was still airborne when the left tailplane caught on a large bush. The aircraft landed and the pilot then closed the throttle and abandoned the take-off attempt. It then ran through another large bush before finally coming to rest. The aircraft had been landed on the road, apparently because it was convenient, despite the fact that the station airstrip was only 400 metres away. The road was only 10 metres wide and had large bushes lining either side.

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General details
Date: 28 September 1987 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1530  
Location:Maryvale Station (117km S Alice Springs) Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Northern Territory Occurrence type: Ground strike 
Release date: 10 March 1988 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 152 
Aircraft registration: VH-ALH 
Serial number: 152-83701 
Type of operation: Business 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:N/A
Departure time:N/A
Destination:Maryvale Station Airstrip NT
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