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The pilot reported that he was spraying a crop with the runs oriented in a racetrack pattern across the wind, which was south-easterly at 15 knots. This resulted in a turn into wind at one end and a turn downwind at the other end. He experienced difficulty in preventing the aircraft drifting away from the paddock during the downwind turns and was widening the turns in an attempt to correct the problem. During the third downwind turn the aircraft stalled but the pilot was unable to level the wings due to trees in the path of the aircraft. The right wing struck a fence and cartwheeled into a paddock.

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General details
Date: 30 January 1990 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1820  
Location:6 km West of Thangool Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland Occurrence type: Loss of control 
Release date: 13 December 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-IEZ 
Serial number: N/K 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:Biloela QLD
Departure time:N/K
Destination:Biloela QLD
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