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The pilot reported that the take-off proceeded normally until the point of lift off, when the engine hesitated and lost power for about 3 seconds. Power was then regained, however the pilot was not certain whether full power was developed. He elected to abandon the take-off, but there was insufficient strip length remaining in which to safely stop the aircraft. He then reopened the throttle in an effort to clear a fence at the end of the strip and land in the adjoining paddock. The noseleg struck the fence, and the aircraft then ran through a ditch before coming to rest. The reason for the short term power loss could not be determined

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General details
Date: 08 November 1987 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1630  
Location:5 km NE of Woodend Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Victoria  
Release date: 14 June 1988  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-32 
Aircraft registration: VH-WGO 
Serial number: 32-7340146 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:5 km NE Woodend VIC
Departure time:N/A
Destination:Moorabbin VIC
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