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Towards the end of a spraying operation, the pilot manoeuvred the aircraft for a clean-up run. This required flying between two trees, before diverting around another tree and pulling up over a power line. The first part of the manoeuvre was accomplished , but as the pilot applied rudder to yaw around the single tree, his left foot slipped off the rudder pedal. He then tried to lift the right wing over the tree, but the outer section of the wing struck a large branch. The pilot was able to maintain limited control of the aircraft, which touched down heavily in a nearby paddock. The pilot had experienced some discomfort of his left leg, possibly due to his wearing of shoes with lower heels than those on the boots he normally wore. To alleviate the discomfort, he had placed his foot on the side of the left rudder pedal, from which it had slipped when pressure was applied to yaw the aircraft.

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General details
Date: 14 July 1986 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1310 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Location:31 km East Edenhope  
State: Victoria  
Release date: 04 August 1986 Occurrence category: Accident 
Report status: Final Highest injury level: None 
 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Air Tractor Inc 
Aircraft model: AT301 
Aircraft registration: VH-ODA 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:32 km ENE Edenhope VIC
Departure time:1310
Destination:32 km ENE Edenhope VIC
 
 
 
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