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The pilot had operated from the strip on previous occasions and had flown out of the field twice prior to the accident flight. He set 10 degrees of flap for a "short field" take-off into a 15-20 knot Easterly wind. Soon after the start of the take-off roll when the aircraft speed was about 35 knots a sudden change of wind direction to the North was experienced. Whilst trying to maintain runway heading he over-corrected with right brake and rudder and the aircraft veered off the right side of the runway. The pilot promptly shut down the engine but the aircraft entered a dry creek bed and the nosegear was broken off. The aircraft came to rest 50 feet from a fence at the end of the runway.

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General details
Date: 25 February 1990 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1600  
Location:Manoora (30 km SW Clare) Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: South Australia Occurrence type: Loss of control 
Release date: 04 June 1990 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: American Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: AA-5 
Aircraft registration: VH-SYY 
Serial number: 0349 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Manoora SA
Departure time:N/A
Destination:Parafield SA
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