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The pilot was spotting for sheep in advance of rising flood waters. He landed the aircraft in a paddock to assist a truck driver to unload sheep from the truck. He used the driest part of the paddock, near the tree line, where vehicles and motor bikes had been operating. Before departing, the pilot taxied to the touch-down point and commenced the take-off over the same area used for landing. Once the aircraft passed the end of the landing roll section, the ground became softer, the nosewheel dug in and the aircraft veered to the right. The nose gear broke off and both propeller blade tips hit the ground. The right wing tip struck a one metre high acacia tree while the aircraft continued to slide for about a further 50 metres.

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General details
Date: 30 April 1990 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1500  
Location:60 kms ENE Wilcannia Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales  
Release date: 05 June 1990  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 172 
Aircraft registration: VH-AAC 
Serial number: 17249203 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Kallara Station NSW
Departure time:1400
Destination:Kallara Station NSW
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