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The aircraft was engaged in glider towing operations. The pilot was conducting an engine run-up prior to take-off when the aircraft was struck by a strong gust of wind, about 45 degrees from the prevailing direction. The aircraft tipped forward onto its nose, damaging the propeller. As club members came to assist the pilot, they pushed the aircraft, causing structural damage as it fell back heavily onto its tail.

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General details
Date: 20 October 1990 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1230  
Location   (show map):Pipers Field 15 kms West of Bathurst Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales  
Release date: 01 March 1991  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-25 
Aircraft registration: VH-TNE 
Serial number: 25-4266 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Pipers Field NSW
Departure time:N/A
Destination:Pipers Field NSW
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