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The 700 metre long strip was covered with grass approximately 60 centrimetres long. Although the pilot had operated from the strip previously, on this occasion two passengers were carried. The pilot became concerned with the aircraft's rate of acceleration and decided to abort the takeoff. However, the aircraft overran the strip and the nose gear collapsed when it struck a log hidden in the long grass. This accident was not the subject of a formal on-scene investigation.

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General details
Date: 02 October 1989 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1800  
Location:Mutooroo Homestead 72 Km South-West Broken Hill Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales Occurrence type: Runway excursion 
Release date: 07 November 1989 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 172 
Aircraft registration: VH-AFM 
Serial number: 172-36421 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Mutooroo Homestead SA
Departure time:1800
Destination:Mutooroo Homestead SA
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