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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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