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The pilot was spreading mineral fertiliser on two irregular shaped properties. The first property was finished on the previous load. The second property had two wires within it and a third adjacent to the eastern boundary. A run was made from south to north passing under the first wire and over the second. At the end a turn was made and a west to east run started, the first in the area. The aircraft passed over the lower wire by 150 feet as a climb was made with the terrain. Crossing the eastern boundary at 50 feet the nose gear leg struck the third wire. Full power was applied and a descent initiated to keep control. Enough control was maintained to allow the aircraft to be put down on a hillside. A heavy touchdown ensued followed by a violent right yaw. During the ground slide the aircraft rolled inverted, losing the right wing, then hit a fence post and finally came to rest the right way up.
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General details
Date: 25 February 1993 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 14:15 ESuT  
 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
 Occurrence type: Collision with terrain 
 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Minor 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Airparts NZ Ltd 
Aircraft model: FU-24-954 
Aircraft registration: VH-EUO 
Sector: Piston 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:10km S Yarragon
Destination:10km S Yarragon
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