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The pilot was conducting spreading operations on a flat paddock, but about 800 metres from one boundary the ground rose sharply by about 200 feet. At the end of a run towards the rising ground a procedure turn was commenced. During the turn, the pilot realised that the aircraft was closer to the rising ground than intended. Despite corrective measures, the pilot was unable to prevent a collision with a tree. The aircraft then struck the ground and came to rest in a further clump of trees. Weather conditions at the time of the accident were overcast, with rain showers and a strong gusty wind. On the runs towards the rising terrain the aircraft was subjected to a substantial tailwind component and possible downdrafts. As the pilot commenced a procedure turn at the end of the last run, the aircraft had drifted further downwind than expected, leaving insufficient margin to complete the turn safely.

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General details
Date: 30 August 1986 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1100 approx  
Location:"Allawah" (24km NE Cootamundra) Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales  
Release date: 20 January 1987  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Serious 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 188 
Aircraft registration: VH-PLU 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:"Redhill" NSW
Departure time:1100 approx
Destination:"Redhill" NSW
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