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The pilot had been operating from the slightly soft strip for several hours, with a 15 knot crosswind. He was using brake, as well as rudder, to keep the aircraft straight in the crosswind. The pilot had changed direction of take off so that one brake was not overused, but found that if he took off to the West, he encountered unacceptable turbulence, so he resumed easterly take offs. At about 50 knots during the accident take off, the left brake failed and the pilot lost directional control. The aircraft ground looped off the runway, causing the landing gear to collapse.
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General details
Date: 01 July 1993 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 11:00 WST  
 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
 Occurrence type: Control - Other 
Release date: 30 October 1993 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: A188B/A1 
Aircraft registration: VH-KZE 
Sector: Piston 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Sadlier Station WA
Destination:Sadlier Station WA
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