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The aircraft was to spread 600 Kilograms of nitrate on a local wheat crop. The weather was clear with a gusting 10 knot crosswind/tailwind from the left. Takeoff from runway 04 was normal until as the tail was raised a swing developed to the left which could not be corrected by opposite rudder and braking. The aircraft veered off the runway the throttle was closed and the aircraft settled back on three wheels but continued to swing to the left. The pilot concerned he would collide with a levy bank to the left of the strip applied left brake in an attempt to ground loop the aircraft and stop. However the right mainwheel sank into the soft surface resulting in damage to the right wing tailplane and tailwheel. The pilot later said that the gusting crosswind from the right plus the natural tendency of the aircraft to swing to the left could not be counteracted by opposite rudder and brake.

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General details
Date: 08 June 1990 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1000  
Location:Wee Waa Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales Occurrence type: Loss of control 
Release date: 05 November 1990 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 188 
Aircraft registration: VH-KZE 
Serial number: 18803223T 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Wee Waa NSW
Departure time:1000
Destination:Wee Waa NSW
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