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The flight was intended to provide familiarisation for the pilot on the aircraft type. After loading water into the hopper the pilot took off and carried out a series of turns before positioning for a spray run along one of the flight strips. At the end of the run the aircraft pulled up steeply and began banking to the right. It then appeared to enter a spin to the right and subsequently struck the ground in a steep nose-down attitude with little forward speed. The pilot had been instructed to load 100 gallons of water for the purpose of this exercise. Unsupervised, the pilot loaded 200 gallons of water which resulted in the aircraft being operated at the maximum all up weight approved agricultural overload. It subsequently stalled in a procedure turn at a height from which the pilot was unable to effect recovery before impact with the ground.

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General details
Date: 13 May 1985 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1650  
Location:Mungindi Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales Occurrence type: Loss of control 
Release date: 13 May 1987 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Fatal 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Ayres Corporation 
Aircraft model: S2R 
Aircraft registration: VH-WBV 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:Mungindi NSW
Departure time:1650
Destination:Mungindi NSW
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