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The pilot had been spreading superphosphate in a paddock to the north of the strip. To get to the paddock the aircraft had to climb over hills. This was achieved with the assistance of updraughts off the hills. On the accident flight the pilot found the updraughts were not present and the aircraft was not climbing adequately. Concerned that he would not be able to clear trees ahead the pilot dumped the load and attempted to turn left. The aircraft struck a tree and spun to the ground. The pilot escaped from the wreckage but the aircraft caught fire and was destroyed.
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General details
Date: 08 March 1994 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 11:45 EST  
 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
 Occurrence type: Collision with terrain 
Release date: 28 June 1994 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Minor 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Intermountain Manufacturing Co 
Aircraft model: A-9A 
Aircraft registration: VH-MPN 
Sector: Piston 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:Korumburra VIC
Destination:Korumburra VIC
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