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The takeoff was carried out downhill, at maximum gross weight, on a 570 metre agricultural strip with a load of superphosphate. When the aircraft had not become airborne with 60 metres of strip remaining, the pilot commenced dumping the load. However, the aircraft overran the strip before becoming airborne and flew very low over the surface of a farm dam. The landing gear impacted the earthen dam wall and the left maingear assembly detached from the airframe. The aircraft continued descending down a gully, through scrub, before settling into rocks. It then slewed around and came to rest upright. As the pilot vacated the wreckage, a fire erupted in the engine bay. The aircraft was subsequently destroyed by fire. An inspection of the wreckage did not reveal any fault that may have contributed to the occurrence. From a witness's description of the combined noise of the engine and propeller during the takeoff roll, it is probable that the pilot attempted the take off without the propeller in the full fine pitch position. Examination of the wreckage found the pitch control setting in the mid-range position.

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General details
Date: 27 April 1989 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 845  
Location:9 km S of Violet Town Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Victoria Occurrence type: Runway excursion 
Release date: 22 August 1989 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 188 
Aircraft registration: VH-PQV 
Serial number: 18801416 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:9 km S of Violet Town VIC
Departure time:0845
Destination:9 km S of Violet Town VIC
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