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Early In the day the pilot flew the aircraft from Bathurst to an airstrip on a property at Hobby's Yards arriving at about 0630 hours. In conjunction with the pilot of another aircraft operating from the same airstrip it was planned to spread superphosphate on a lightly timbered, relatively flat area. The weather was fine, the wind was calm and the visibility was unrestricted. The aircraft took off in a westerly direction and turned right as before to proceed northward to the nearby spreading area. This flight path entailed about 40 feet high, aligned east-west and flying across a line of widely spaced green gum trees, generally situated outside the spreading area. As the aircraft crossed this line of trees it struck the upper limbs of a dead tree which extended some 30 feet above the general height of the green gums. The aircraft crashed to the ground in a steep nose-down the dead tree.
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General details
Date: 22 January 1973 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 0750 ESuT  
Location:Blayney Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales  
Release date: 10 April 1974  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Fatal 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 180 
Aircraft registration: VH-DJT 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:Hobby's Yards
Departure time:0748
Destination:Hobby's Yards
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