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The pilot was engaged in spraying a wheat crop. Two large trees, 18 metres apart, were situated in the centre of the paddock and the pilot intended to fly between the trees during one of the spray runs. He positioned the aircraft to fly under overhanging foliage and as close as possible to the tree on his right. As the aircraft passed the tree the right wing struck a dead branch. The pilot was able to maintain control of the aircraft and subsequently landed at the DEPARTURE strip. The pilot had failed to notice the dead branch protruding beneath the foliage of the tree.

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General details
Date: 18 September 1987 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1130  
Location:3 km NNW Brocklesby (60 km NW Albury) Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales  
Release date: 23 February 1988  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-25 
Aircraft registration: VH-SGD 
Serial number: 25-4087 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Brocklesby NSW
Departure time:1115
Destination:Brocklesby NSW
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