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The pilot had been engaged to spray a stubble field for Noogoora burr. After flying to the property to be sprayed and loading the required chemical the aircraft took off, about 30 minutes after sunrise, to commence the first spray run. The pilot had chosen to fly the spray runs into the east, although on the only other occasion he had sprayed the field the runs had been made into the west. About 110 metres after commencing the spray run the aircraft collided with a branch of a dead tree and struck the ground. A small fire started and witnesses reported that the aircraft appeared to explode. The tree was the only obstruction in the field and it is probable that it would have been difficult for the pilot to see because of the rising sun.

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General details
Date: 14 January 1988 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 600  
Location:Salt Springs (32 km E Clermont) Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland  
Release date: 22 February 1988  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Fatal 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-25 
Aircraft registration: VH-KLN 
Serial number: 254478 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:Salt Springs QLD
Departure time:0555
Destination:Salt Springs QLD
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