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The pilot stated that when he returned to land after a spreading operation he noticed a dust devil about half way along the strip. The chief pilot, who was on the ground near the southern end of the strip, also noticed the dust devil, and warned the pilot on the company radio. The pilot circled near the northern end of the strip until the dust devil moved off the strip to the west and into the trees. A normal approach and landing was then made from the north. During the landing roll the pilot noticed that the dust devil had reappeared from the trees, and was moving directly into his landing path. Maximum braking was applied, but the aircraft encountered the dust devil and became uncontrollable in the turbulence. The propeller struck the ground and the aircraft slid sideways to the left for forty metres. During the slide, the left wheel axle bolts sheared and the left wing struck the ground.

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General details
Date: 09 November 1988 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1430  
Location:Forest Vale Station (60km N Mitchell) Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland Occurrence type: Loss of control 
Release date: 13 March 1989 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-IEQ 
Serial number: 18801652 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Forest Vale Station QLD
Departure time:1350
Destination:Forest Vale Station QLD
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