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The pilot had earlier landed in the paddock which was adjacent to the homestead to seek assistance regarding a broken down vehicle being used in the spraying task. Prior to commencing the takeoff run the pilot did not inspect the proposed takeoff path. Initially the aircraft takeoff run acceleration was more sluggish than normal, due to the traversing of patches of soft wet ground. Acceleration improved. However, the aircraft was approaching some trees so the pilot turned it to provide a greater ground roll distance. The aircraft became airborne for a short time, but then touched down in long wet grass which degraded its acceleration. It then hit a fence and nosed over.

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General details
Date: 27 July 1988 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1530 WST  
Location:50 km west of Wubin Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Western Australia Occurrence type: Runway excursion 
Release date: 09 November 1988 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-WBN 
Serial number: 25-3175 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:50 km west of Wubin WA
Departure time:1530
Destination:Wubin via a spraying task
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