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The aircraft had been engaged in spraying operations and was about to takeoff after refilling with water. During loading the aircraft had been positioned on a heading of about 30 degrees to the left of the takeoff direction. The pilot turned the aircraft onto the takeoff heading and commenced the takeoff run. Shortly after the aircraft struck a concrete water trough positioned near the edge of the strip which had not been seen by the pilot. Substantial damage was caused to the propeller and left landing gear.

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General details
Date: 22 September 1989 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1100  
Location   (show map):"Avondale" 20Km west of Condobolin Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales  
Release date: 20 December 1989  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-25 
Aircraft registration: VH-PPV 
Serial number: 25-3140 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:"Avondale" NSW
Destination:Avondale NSW
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