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The pilot was engaged in the spraying of sugar cane. During one of the swath runs as he turned the aircraft to follow the line of the cane the right wing struck the cane. The aircraft impacted the ground and bounced several times before coming to rest. The configuration of the spray run chosen, by the pilot, involved a turn through 33 degrees during the run. The aircraft was being operated at a lower altitude than was necessary under the prevailing conditions to complete the task. The combination of both these facts made the judgement of wingtip clearance during the run extremely difficult.

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General details
Date: 15 December 1986 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1800(Aprx)  
Location:13km ENE of Ingham Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland Occurrence type: Collision with terrain 
Release date: 16 June 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-SEG 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Ingham QLD
Departure time:1800(Aprx)
Destination:Ingham QLD
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