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Shortly after the take-off run was commenced, a large stone was thrown up by the right mainwheel and struck the spray boom. The pilot dumped the load and returned for a landing. The strip was rough and undulating and during the landing roll the aircraft overran a depression and became airborne. The right main gear VEE assembly tube failed in overload when the aircraft subsequently landed heavily. The right wing then struck the ground and the aircraft ground looped. The pilot turned off the electrical system and vacated the aircraft, but shortly afterwards a fire broke out and consumed the aircraft.

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General details
Date: 26 September 1986 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 815  
Location:7 km South of Burra Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: South Australia Occurrence type: Hard landing 
Release date: 01 May 1987 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-JPT 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:7 km South of Burra SA
Departure time:0815
Destination:7 km South of Burra SA
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