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The aircraft was taking off towards the north, into an estimated 8-10 knot headwind, from a strip surrounded by light scrub and trees. Shortly after lift-off the pilot said the aircraft began to sink, the stall warning horn sounded and the airspeed rapidly decreased by at least 10 knots. He said he considered the aircraft would not be able to outclimb trees ahead and therefore aborted the take-off. The aircraft was placed back onto the strip but could not be prevented from overrunning the end and colliding with small trees. The circumstances of the accident are considered to be consistent with the effects of low level windshear resulting from the shielding effect of the trees upwind of the strip. This accident was not the subject of a formal on scene investigation.

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General details
Date: 20 August 1989 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1220 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Location:"East Mullane" 60Km NW of Walgett Occurrence type:Runway excursion 
State: New South Wales Occurrence class: Operational 
Release date: 06 November 1989 Occurrence category: Accident 
Report status: Final Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-32 
Aircraft registration: VH-HVG 
Serial number: 32R-7887194 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:"East Mullane" NSW
Departure time:1220
Destination:Bankstown NSW
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