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.