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The pilot was conducting spraying operations in a large wheat paddock. The aircraft was being flown about two metres above the crop and the pilot intended to pass to the right of a large tree near the end of the particular swath run. The aircraft suddenly swung violently to the left as the wheels entered the crop. By the time the pilot managed to pull the aircraft clear, it was heading for the tree. While attempting to manoeuvre the aircraft, the pilot was unable to prevent it from striking the ground.

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General details
Date: 17 October 1989 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1100  
Location:3km W Elmore Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Victoria Occurrence type: Collision with terrain 
Release date: 29 August 1990 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Rockwell International 
Aircraft model: S-2 
Aircraft registration: VH-DQA 
Serial number: 1833R 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Elmore VIC
Departure time:1030
Destination:Elmore VIC
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