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The pilot had flown the aircraft from his base to the property strip earlier in the morning. The aircraft was loaded with 375 kilograms of a pelletised material called "Grassland" for spreading. The performance of the aircraft up to this time had been normal. The pilot reported that the initial part of the takeoff run appeared normal. However, as the aircraft approached the end of the strip, he became aware that the airspeed was about 10 knots below the desired speed. The aircraft became airborne, struck some small trees, and continued to lose performance before coming to rest about one kilometre from the end of the strip. Examination of the aircraft determined that the engine compression was low and that one cylinder was cracked. No positive reason for a sudden reduction in performance on this takeoff was found. The pilot reported that he had not thought about dumping the load as he was busy flying the aircraft and trying to maintain control. The product was expensive and the pilot's actions indicated that he might have been concerned about the commercial implications of dumping the load.

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General details
Date: 17 April 1989 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 730  
Location:14 km NE of Comet Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland  
Release date: 30 November 1989  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 188 
Aircraft registration: VH-EVU 
Serial number: 18801283 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:14 km NE of Comet QLD
Departure time:0730
Destination:14 km NE of Comet QLD
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