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The pilot initiated the takeoff with 4,500 ft to run on runway 32. Soon after lift off, the Tower controllers noticed that the aircraft was trailing white smoke. At about 300 ft AGL the aircraft appeared to enter a left descending turn. The left bank increased until the aircraft was almost vertical before it impacted with the ground.

The complete single piece wing structure broke free from the fuselage during the impact. A fire developed in the engine bay which spread to the separated wing structure. The back seat passenger was not seriously injured and was able to extricate himself from the rear cockpit and pull the pilot free of the wreckage.

The pilot did not survive the crash.

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General details
Date: 06 March 1997 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1531 CST  
Location   (show map):Tindal, Aerodrome Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Northern Territory Occurrence type: Collision with terrain 
Release date: 09 July 1998 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Fatal 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: North American Aviation Inc 
Aircraft model: T-6 
Aircraft registration: VH-YES 
Serial number: T-6 MK IV, 14482 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:Tindal, NT
Departure time:1531 CST
Destination:Tindal, NT
Crew details
RoleClass of licenceHours on typeHours total
Fatal: 1001
Minor: 0101
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