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The pilot was taking off to the north with a wind from approximately 340 degrees at about 40 knots. During the takeoff run the wind veered to the west and the pilot lost directional control. The aircraft ran off the strip to the left and collided with a ditch, breaking off the nosewheel and damaging the propeller. The pilot reported that he had previously flown in similar wind conditions but on this occasion was caught by the sudden wind change.
General details
Date: 09 October 1993 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 15:15 EST  
 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
 Occurrence type: Runway excursion 
Release date: 19 June 1994 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-28-180 
Aircraft registration: VH-MFL 
Sector: Piston 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Wallan VIC
Destination:Wallan VIC
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