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The aircraft was being used to spread urea. The day's operations had commenced late because of morning fog. On becoming airborne on this particular occasion the pilot commenced a low-level shallow right turn to avoid a stand of trees and to track to the nearby treatment area. However, on entering the turn the pilot noticed that he was tracking towards a solitary small tree so he rolled the aircraft to wings level to avoid this obstacle. He was aware that this track would take him towards a strand of trees, but he was unable to determine his distance from them because of sun glare on he windscreen. The aircraft struck trees on the edge of the strand at a height of about 10 feet above ground level then impacted the ground. The left main gear leg was torn off and the aircraft slid to a halt. The flight was the pilot's sixteenth takeoff from the strip for the day. He was aware of all the obstructions, but was evidently affected by a number of factors which can be associated with agricultural operations. These included a build-up of urea dust on the windscreen; high workload; the need to pre-plan the next stage of the operation etc. These factors probably led the pilot to temporarily forget the locations of the various obstructions in the area.

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General details
Date: 01 July 1988 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1315  
Location:18 kms NW of Newdegate Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Western Australia  
Release date: 13 February 1989  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 188 
Aircraft registration: VH-DOW 
Serial number: 188-0124 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:18 km NW Newdegate WA
Departure time:1314
Destination:18 km NW Newdegate WA
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