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The aircraft was being operated from a clay pan strip on a dry lake bed. There had been no rain for approximately 48 hours and the pilot had flown his aircraft from the strip twice in that period. On each occasion he had taxied along the strip to the west and taken off into the east. However, on this occasion, he was departing to the west and the take-off run was along the section of strip used during the previous taxying. The pilot stated that during the take-off roll, the aircraft appeared to break through the clay surface crust and drag to one side. He said that he reduced power and attempted to bring the aircraft to a full stop before it ran off the side of the strip. However, the nosewheel broke through the surface and bogged in the soft clay causing the aircraft to overturn.

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General details
Date: 04 April 1988 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1600  
Location:Denian Station (85 km E of Menindee) Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales Occurrence type: Loss of control 
Release date: 04 May 1988 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-28 
Aircraft registration: VH-PXF 
Serial number: 28-11030 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Denian Station NSW
Departure time:N/K
Destination:Denian Station NSW
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