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The pilot under training was carrying out a no vector take-off, which is an emergency manoeuvre required to be demonstrated for captaincy. Following release from the ground crew, the airship is accelerated on the ground manoeuvring wheel to approximately 25 knots, then rotated by use of the elevators only. This was the second such take-off. Near the point of rotation a gust of wind caused the airship to roll to the left and the left vector contacted the ground. The left propeller broke, and pieces of the propeller blades punctured the envelope, causing a loss of helium. The pilot-in-command immediately assumed control, put the airship back on the ground, and initiated an emergency helium rip to deflate the envelope. On-site investigation revealed that the take-off was being conducted over rising ground which had a left to right downslope.

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General details
Date: 04 May 1988 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1110  
Location:Archerfield Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland Occurrence type: Airframe - Other 
Release date: 21 June 1988 Occurrence class: Technical 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Airship Industries (UK) Ltd 
Aircraft model: 600 
Aircraft registration: VH-HAA 
Serial number: 1215-02-01 
Type of operation: Flying Training 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Archerfield QLD
Departure time:0930
Destination:Archerfield QLD
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