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The pilot was returning to Mackay after a business flight to Brampton Island. During the pre-flight checks at Mackay there had been an excessive drop in engine revolutions during the magneto checks, but this had cleared. A similar check conducted by the pilot when taxiing at Brampton Island indicated satisfactory magneto operation. During the takeoff run, just before lift-off, the right engine surged. The pilot rejected the takeoff. The rate of deceleration was reduced when the pilot used excessive braking, causing the mainwheels to lock. The aircraft overran the runway and was damaged when it crossed a concrete drain. The pilot reported that the fuel flow indication had surged during the take-off roll, but was unable to recall whether the surge was an increase or a decrease. Spark plugs and engine fuel system components were examined. The condition of the spark plugs removed from the no.6 cylinder indicated that the fuel mixture to that cylinder was excessively rich. However, the reason for the engine surge was not determined.
General details
Date: 19 November 1993 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 10:25 EST  
 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
 Occurrence type: Runway excursion 
Release date: 29 April 1996 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 310I 
Aircraft registration: VH-ELY 
Sector: Piston 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Brampton Island QLD
Destination:Mackay QLD
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