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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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