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The pilot's first attempted departure from his property strip was abandoned when he encountered strong downdrafts at about 150 feet above the ground. Sufficient strip length remained to permit a safe landing straight ahead. The pilot then attempted a second take-off, but again encountered severe downdrafts. On this occasion a landing back on the strip was not possible. The pilot decided the aircraft could not outclimb the terrain ahead, and selected an open area just to the right of his track in which to land. The nosegear and the right maingear were torn out when the aircraft touched down on the soft surface and groundlooped to a halt. No evidence was found to indicate that the engine was not capable of delivering full power during the take-off attempts. The wind at the time was strong and gusty, and conditions were conducive to downdrafts and wind shear. The pilot had not waited for the conditions to abate before commencing the second take-off.

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General details
Date: 03 November 1987 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1045  
Location:13 km SSW Leongatha Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Victoria Occurrence type: Hard landing 
Release date: 20 January 1988 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 175 
Aircraft registration: VH-WAR 
Serial number: 3540 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:13 km SSW Leongatha VIC
Departure time:1045
Destination:Flinders Island
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