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The pilot was attempting to land on a 500 metre one-way agricultural strip affected by a gusting downwind component of about 10 knots. The strip was bordered by tall trees and had an uphill gradient of about 5 percent in the landing direction. The strip surface was covered by short wet grass. On short final approach the pilot realised the downwind component was excessive for the strip length available but was unable to go around due to tall trees. He landed the aircraft but was forced to initiate a ground loop to avoid overruning the strip end.

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General details
Date: 29 April 1988 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1415  
Location:Inverary Downs Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales Occurrence type: Loss of control 
Release date: 27 October 1988 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-SWF 
Serial number: 18801852T 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Inverary Downs NSW
Departure time:N/K
Destination:Inverary Downs NSW
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