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The pilot was taking three friends on a local sightseeing flight. He calculated that the aircraft would be close to maximum all-up-weight and from the Aircraft Performance Chart, concluded that a strip length of 700 metres was required with 9 degrees flap selected. He had earlier used a vehicle to measure the ALA length as 900 metres. Witnesses reported that the aircraft became airborne about three quarters of the way along the strip, flew level for a time, and slowly drifted left before climbing sharply over a row of trees. At this point the left wing dropped so the pilot retracted the flap and applied right rudder. He did not retract the landing gear. The aircraft descended and struck the ground right aileron first before skidding left through some 140 degrees. The nose and right main landing gear were torn off. The investigation revealed that the aircraft was approximately 5 percent above maximum take-off weight. The Aircraft Peformance Chart indicated that for the prevailing conditions, the required strip length was 975 metres. The strip itself was 800 metres long. An inspection of the aircraft did not reveal any faults that may have contributed to the occurrence.

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General details
Date: 06 February 1988 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1455  
Location:"Nyarrin" (8 km SE of Tara) Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland Occurrence type: Loss of control 
Release date: 04 August 1988 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-24 
Aircraft registration: VH-MDJ 
Serial number: 24-3060 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:"Nyarrin" QLD
Departure time:N/A
Destination:"Nyarrin" QLD
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