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During the day the pilot, who was inexperienced in agricultural operations, had completed the spreading of superphosphate while under the supervision of a Class 1 agricultural pilot. The strip used, though adequate in length, was substantially below the prescribed minimum in width, it was bordered by rough, rutted ground and targe rocks and the transverse gradient was in excess of the specified maximum. In the late afternoon the pilot returned to the strip to load some equipment. The wind was calm and shortly after making a normal landing the aircraft diverged approximately 12 feet to the right of the strip centre line. Due to the rough ground and downslope the pilot was unable to regain the central strip and the main wheels struck some large rocks tipping the aircraft on to its nose.

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General details

Date: 04 Mar 1969 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1805 TST Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Location:south east of Ross  
State: TAS  
Release date: 02 Dec 1969 Occurrence category: Accident 
Report status: Final Highest injury level: None 
 

Aircraft details

Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 180 
Aircraft registration: VH-IAM 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Tunbridge
Departure time:1755
Destination:Mt. Morriston
 
 
 
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