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During spraying operations the engine suffered a partial power loss. The pilot initiated dumping of the hopper load but was unable to prevent the aircraft from striking the ground heavily. The landing gear collapsed and the aircraft slid for about 50 metres before coming to rest. The reported power loss had occurred during a procedure turn, the latter portion of which was downwind. No fault was subsequently found with the engine, however it was considered likely that the aircraft was affected by downdraughts in the lee of a hill. When dumping was initiated, the pilot's left sleeve had probably caught on the throttle lever and pulled it towards the closed position.

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General details
Date: 12 October 1984 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1200  
Location:15 km South West of Blayney Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales Occurrence type: Collision with terrain 
Release date: 12 June 1985 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-25 
Aircraft registration: VH-CCS 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Ag Strip 8 km SW
Departure time:1140 Blayney NSW
Destination:Ag Strip 8 km SW Blayney NSW
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