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The aircraft was conducting spraying operations. The pilot reported that the aircraft failed to remain airborne after encountering a severe "willy willy" at the liftoff stage of the takeoff. He initially dumped part of the load, then dumped the remainder as the aircraft was making contact with the ground. An area of long grass and thistles then prevented the aircraft from becoming airborne. As a result, one main landing gear was torn off and the other damaged.

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General details
Date: 05 November 1990 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 945  
Location   (show map):"The Rookery" 36 kms SW of Cobar Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales Occurrence type: Runway excursion 
Release date: 10 April 1991 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-TZS 
Serial number: 18803156T 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:"The Rookery" NSW
Departure time:N/A
Destination:"The Rookery" NSW
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