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The pilot commenced aerial spraying operations at about 0620 hours and, by 0920, he had completed four flights. He made no further flights during the day until about 2000 hours when he commenced the first of two flights required to spray a tomato crop. He had previously sprayed this crop on some four occasions during the previous two months. The weather was fine and warm, the wind was calm, there was no cloud and the end of daylight was at 2109 hours.
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General details
Date: 07 January 1976 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 2050  
Location:3 km SE Finlay Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales Occurrence type: Loss of control 
Release date: 29 November 1976 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Fatal 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 188 
Aircraft registration: VH-KQJ 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:Finley NSW
Departure time:2040
Destination:Finley NSW
Crew details
RoleClass of licenceHours on typeHours total
Fatal: 1001
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Last update 13 May 2014