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The pilot intended to conduct spreading operations on nearby sugar cane fields. During the latter part of the first takeoff of the morning, the aircraft failed to lift off as anticipated and entered a sugar cane field at the end of the airstrip. The pilot discontinued the take off but the aircraft was substantially damaged when it ran into a ditch, in which lay several disused telegraph poles. The pilot reported the aircraft encountered an isolated tailwind gust during the take off. He said he attempted to dump the load but was unsuccessful due to the damp condition of the fertiliser.

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General details
Date: 18 November 1989 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 740  
Location:Tygalgah (5kms north of Murwillumbah) Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales Occurrence type: Runway excursion 
Release date: 15 January 1990 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-36 
Aircraft registration: VH-MYJ 
Serial number: 36-7660039 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Tygalgah NSW
Departure time:N/A
Destination:Tygalgah NSW
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