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Just after lift-off for spraying operations the aircraft sank back to the ground and drifted to the left. The pilot dumped the load but the aircraft became entangled in a fence running along the left side of the strip. The pilot stated that at a height of about 20 feet the aircraft appeared to encounter a wind gust from the right rear quarter. The aircraft was heavily laden and the pilot had been unable to regain full control before the collision with the fence.

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General details
Date: 02 March 1984 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: N/A  
Location:Merriendi, 20 km N of Boggabri Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales Occurrence type: Loss of control 
Release date: 03 January 1985 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 188 
Aircraft registration: VH-SHK 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Merriendi NSW
Departure time:N/A
Destination:Merriendi NSW
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