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The pilot reported that the aircraft was departing empty from the Snake Creek Fish Farm after delivering a load of freight. The main fuel tanks were 3/4 full and the auxiliary tanks were full. After the aircraft speed had passed Vmca and the aircraft was becoming airborne, the right engine failed. The pilot closed the throttles, selected the right propeller to feather, landed the aircraft and commenced braking. He assessed that insufficient runway remained for a successful stop so he initiated a ground loop to the left. Just before the aircraft stopped, the nose leg struck a mound of earth that had been hidden in the grass. This caused the nose gear leg to collapse and both propellers were damaged. No reason for the engine failure could be established. The grass on the airstrip was long. This may have resulted in lower acceleration performance than the pilot had anticipated.
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General details
Date: 28 March 1996 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 17:20 EST  
 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
 Occurrence type: Runway excursion 
Release date: 09 October 1996 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Beech Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: E55 
Aircraft registration: VH-XSM 
Sector: Piston 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Snake Creek QLD
Destination:Croydon QLD
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