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The aircraft was on a ferry flight prior to the commencement of spraying operations. The pilot reported that the takeoff proceeded normally until immediately after lift off. At that point the engine lost power and the aircraft was landed about 50 metres beyond the end of the runway. The aircraft passed through a wire fence and then collided with an earth bank which separated the tailplane from the fuselage with the remainder of the aircraft wreckage coming to a halt about 50 metres beyond the bank. Examination of the engine revealed low compression in two cylinders. One as a result of a cracked cylinder head the other from the alignment of the piston ring gaps. Neither defect was assessed as capable of causing a substantial loss of power during takeoff. The reason for the substantial power loss was not determined.

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General details
Date: 02 July 1989 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 910  
Location:Orange Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales  
Release date: 24 April 1990  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 188 
Aircraft registration: VH-TTU 
Serial number: 18801177 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Orange NSW
Departure time:N/A
Destination:Approved for Release: 24th April 1990
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