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The pilot was on an intermediate stop on return to Alice Springs from Yulara. At about 90 knots on the takeoff roll just before rotation, the pilot heard a metallic thump and the nose of the aircraft dropped onto the ground. The aircraft slid to a stop as the pilot completed his shutdown checks. An inspection of the strip by the pilot after the accident revealed that the nosewheel had apparently struck a partially submerged rock uncovered by recent raking of the strip surface. The nosewheel tyre was reportedly blown and the nosegear link apparently failed in overload allowing the noseleg to collapse.

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General details
Date: 01 November 1990 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1545  
Location   (show map):Hermannsburg Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Northern Territory  
Release date: 04 April 1991  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 402 
Aircraft registration: VH-TZH 
Serial number: 402C-0617 
Type of operation: Charter 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Hermannsburg NT
Departure time:N/A
Destination:Approved for Release: 4th April 1991
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