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A night take-off was initiated from runway 21. The runway was wet, with patches of standing water on the surface. Light rain was falling, with a south-easterly surface wind of 10 to 15 knots. The crosswind component was close to the maximum specified for this type of aircraft. Just prior to reaching rotation airspeed the left mainwheel apparently entered a pool of standing water, and the pilot reported that at the same time the aircraft was subjected to a strong wind gust. The aircraft swung to the left and the pilot was unable to maintain directional control. The pilot thought that the aircraft may have commenced to aquaplane and he closed the throttle immediately. There was no attempt made to apply brakes. The aircraft departed the runway to the left, crossed the grass flight strip and continued for approximately 85 metres, before colliding with a levee bank and coming to rest in a drainage ditch. No evidence of aquaplaning was subsequently found. This accident was not the subject of an on-scene investigation.

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General details
Date: 26 April 1989 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1900  
Location:Port Macquarie Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales Occurrence type: Loss of control 
Release date: 23 January 1990 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Mooney Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: M20 
Aircraft registration: VH-KSX 
Serial number: 24-1483 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Port Macquarie NSW
Departure time:N/A
Destination:Bankstown NSW
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