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During a period of low operational activity the pilot was contracted to spray a crop in open, flat terrain. Having almost completed the irregular shaped area, the pilot positioned his aircraft to make a run over a very small corner of the crop, towards a clump of trees, some of which were up to 25 metres high. The pilot mis-judged his turn onto the run alignment, necessitating a steep approach. Once settled at spray height, he was faced with a very steep climb-out to clear a large tree. During the pull-up the aircraft stalled and collided with the tree. The nose pitched down and the aircraft impacted the ground in a near vertical attitude, before rolling inverted. The pilot extinguished a small fire.

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General details
Date: 23 July 1990 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1448  
Location:15 km W of Moree Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales Occurrence type: Loss of control 
Release date: 09 August 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-JJA 
Serial number: 36-8002030 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:"Sappa" Moree NSW
Departure time:1430
Destination:"Warranook" Moree NSW
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