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The aircraft was to carry out insecticide spraying operations at a rice farm. The pilot made an approach to the airstrip from the south, with a tail wind of about 3 kts. The pilot said that, shortly after touchdown, he observed cattle straying near the edge of the strip and elected to go-around. As the aircraft became airborne the right main landing gear struck an adjacent levee bank. The impact detached the gear leg which then struck the right horizontal stabilizer, detaching the elevator. The pilot said that, by remaining in ground effect, he was able to complete a right circuit and land the aircraft back on the strip. On touchdown, directional control was lost and the aircraft ground looped, colliding with large water pipes and associated equipment.
General details
Date: 22 October 1993 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 7:15 EST  
 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
 Occurrence type: Collision with terrain 
Release date: 05 April 1994 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-36-375 
Aircraft registration: VH-AFE 
Sector: Piston 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:Farm 115 Coleambally NSW
Destination:Farm 598 Coleambally NSW
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