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The pilot reported that, at about 60 knots during the takeoff run, the aircraft bounced as a result of an undulation in the strip. As the nosegear leg returned to the ground it encountered another undulation and broke off. During the takeoff the elevator control was being held just rear of mid-range. In the pilot's opinion the undulations in the strip had been the primary cause of the accident.

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General details
Date: 05 December 1990 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1510  
Location   (show map):Orchid Beach Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland  
Release date: 09 May 1991  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-32 
Aircraft registration: VH-NWS 
Serial number: 32-7540085 
Type of operation: Charter 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Orchid Beach QLD
Departure time:N/A
Destination:Noosa QLD
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