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The pilot stated that after becoming airborne he lowered the nose of the aircraft to gain airspeed, but the aircraft sank back onto the water, then veered to the left. The pilot closed the throttle and attempted to steer the aircraft away from the river bank. The floats struck a rock retaining wall and the aircraft nosed over. The takeoff attempt was towards the lee of trees near the riverbank. The local wind conditions produced approximately five knots of crosswind component from the right. The aircraft may have encountered a sudden decrease in headwind component during the takeoff causing it to sink back onto the water. Loss of directional control may have occurred because the aircraft was not correctly aligned at touchdown. FACTORS 1. The aircraft sank back onto the water after becoming airborne possibly due to an unexpected wind gust. 2. The pilot was unable to maintain directional control after the aircraft touched the water.

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General details
Date: 04 October 1990 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1515  
Location:Tweed Heads Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales Occurrence type: Loss of control 
Release date: 30 January 1991 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 172 
Aircraft registration: VH-TUV 
Serial number: 17263691 
Type of operation: Charter 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Tweed River NSW
Departure time:1515
Destination:Tweed River NSW
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