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The pilot reported that he had made five spray runs and was completing a procedure turn when the aircraft began to sink. He immediately applied full throttle and maximum RPM but the aircraft did not respond. The pilot stated that while his attention was on avoiding some tall trees, he was unable to grab the dump cable handle. The aircraft impacted the ground, nosed over, and came to rest inverted. The cockpit was immediately engulfed in flames, but the pilot was able to free himself and escape through the left side hatch. The aircraft exploded shortly after the pilot had vacated. The engine was torn out by impact and was thrown clear of the fire. The engine was later test run satisfactorily and was considered to be capable of developing full power.

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General details
Date: 05 May 1989 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1515  
Location:Talbragah Station (40 km SE Surat) Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland  
Release date: 28 June 1989  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Minor 
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: Destroyed 
Departure point:Blenheim Station QLD
Departure time:1450
Destination:Blenheim Station QLD
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