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The pilot had completed three aerial seeding flights over areas In timbered and mountainous terrain In a light northerly wind. On the fourth flight he was making runs down a slope from north-east to south-west and, after each run, was repositioning his aircraft at the top of the slope by flying a right hand circuit. At the end of one run and with only a small area to complete, the pilot decided to make a left turn and a finishing run up the slope and to leave the area by turning left again. During the final run he became aware there was Insufficient space to permit the Intended manoeuvre so he turned right toward a lower spur line but realised he was unlikely to clear this. The pilot operated the dump lever, the aircraft settled Into the trees with full power applied and fell to the ground, coming to rest Inverted.
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General details
Date: 28 April 1969 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1610 EST  
Location:Mansfield State Forest Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Victoria Occurrence type: Loss of control 
Release date: 24 June 1970 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Minor 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-25 
Aircraft registration: VH-MCJ 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:Delatlte Station Strip
Departure time:1520
Destination:Delatlte Station Strip
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