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The pilot was attempting a normal night takeoff in light drizzle, with 7 to 10 knots of crosswind at the time of the accident. As the aircraft lifted off heavy rain started to fall. The aircraft appeared to accelerate normally to 120 knots. As the pilot completed the after takeoff checks he noted that the aircraft was descending at 200 feet per minute instead of climbing, although the nose of the aircraft was 10 degrees above the horizon. The pilot raised the nose still further and reduced the speed to 110 knots, however, this did not stop the aircraft from descending. At 510 feet indicated on the altimeter, the airfield elevation, the pilot levelled the aircraft and prepared for ground impact. The aircraft touched down, gear up, 3 km from the DEPARTURE end of the runway and slid to a stop in flat marshy country. The meteorological station at Forrest reported that during the aircraft's takeoff, the intensity of the rain increased and the surface wind swung around to give a 30 knot tailwind. During test flights prior to and after the accident the pilot-in-command was assessed as having slow cross reference skills and poor attitude control. It is possible that the pilot's performance contributed to the accident.

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General details
Date: 21 April 1988 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1800 WST  
Location:Forrest Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Western Australia Occurrence type: Collision with terrain 
Release date: 22 February 1989 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 340 
Aircraft registration: VH-FYG 
Serial number: 340-0215 
Type of operation: Charter 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Forrest WA
Departure time:1800 WST
Destination:Kalgoorlie WA
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