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The pilot had been spraying rice fields when the aircraft began to vibrate severely and lose height. He began a turn into wind to position the aircraft for a forced landing in a dry paddock, adjacent to the field under treatment. During the turn the aircraft struck a small earth bank which tore off the main landing gear. The reason for the vibration has not yet been established. However, a piston failure is suspected as pieces of piston and piston ring material were found in the engine sump.

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General details
Date: 01 November 1990 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 800  
Location:10 km NE Griffith Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales  
Release date: 23 July 1991  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Air Tractor Inc 
Aircraft model: AT301 
Aircraft registration: VH-FEI 
Serial number: 301-0574 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Griffith NSW
Departure time:700
Destination:Griffith NSW
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