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The aircraft was engaged in spreading Gypsum from an airstrip with an elevation of 3,200 ft. Take off's and landings were conducted towards the west, with the wind varying from the northwest to the southwest and increasing in strength. The pilot reported he had encountered high sink rates and turbulence in the treatment area on previous flights. Acceleration and lift off during the next take off appeared normal but the aircraft almost immediately began to sink. The pilot lowered the nose and activated the load dump system. However, the sink could not be arrested and the aircraft collided with a fence. The engine and both wings were torn off.
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General details
Date: 23 May 1994 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 15:45 EST  
 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
 Occurrence type: Collision with terrain 
Release date: 10 August 1994 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: A188B/A1 
Aircraft registration: VH-IBT 
Sector: Piston 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:Rossmore NSW
Destination:Rossmore NSW
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