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On completion of a lengthy pre-flight inspection of the aircraft and engine warm up, the pilot taxied the aircraft for DEPARTURE from runway 18. The take off roll was commenced following the application of full power, with the aircraft held on the brakes. After rolling approximately 150 metres the aircraft veered to the left and developed a skid before straightening as it left the runway. Shortly after leaving the runway the aircraft pitched nose up and became airborne for a short distance before impacting the ground. No defect was found which could have contributed to the pilots inability to maintain directional control of the aircraft during the take off roll. The reason for the loss of directional control during the take off roll could not be determined. It is considered that the failure of the pilot to abandon the take off prior to the aircraft leaving the runway contributed to this accident.

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General details
Date: 08 June 1987 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1408  
Location:Cooma Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales Occurrence type: Loss of control 
Release date: 27 February 1989 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Ted Smith Aerostar Corp. 
Aircraft model: 600 
Aircraft registration: VH-BKS 
Serial number: 60-0375-133 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Cooma NSW
Departure time:1408
Destination:Sydney NSW
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