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Spraying operations were being conducted in generally calm weather conditions. One load had been sprayed successfully, but the pilot later advised that, as he manoeuvred at the end of the second run with the next load, sink was encountered. Although he dumped the remainder of the load, he reported that he had insufficient time to increase power. The aircraft collided with a tree, then struck the edge of a road and groundlooped into an adjacent crop. Weather conditions at the time were unlikely to have produced any sink. It was probable that while turning towards rising ground the pilot misjudged the slope of the terrain. The aircraft had stalled, with insufficient height available in which to effect a recovery.

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General details
Date: 07 September 1986 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 745  
Location:28 km West Tamworth Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales Occurrence type: Loss of control 
Release date: 12 February 1987 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 188 
Aircraft registration: VH-JAS 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Carroll NSW
Departure time:0745
Destination:Carroll NSW
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