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The aircraft was taking off from a 920 metre grass strip in moderate to heavy rain. Takeoff weight was about 60 kilograms below maximium authorised. Witnesses reported that the aircraft became airborne well beyond the normal position, and then only momentarily, before the pilot abandoned the takeoff. The aircraft crossed the end of the strip and ran across a beach before coming to rest in chest deep water. The pilot of a following aircraft later indicated that there was a significant down wind component during the first aircraft's takeoff attempt.

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General details
Date: 09 January 1990 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1421  
Location:Yorke Island Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland Occurrence type: Runway excursion 
Release date: 10 May 1990 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Pilatus Britten-Norman Ltd 
Aircraft model: BN2 
Aircraft registration: VH-SBD 
Serial number: 500 
Type of operation: Air Transport Low Capacity 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Yorke Island QLD
Departure time:N/A
Destination:Murray Island QLD
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