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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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