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The aircraft was engaged in a crop spraying operation, and during a procedure turn to the right, with a light downwind component, the pilot allowed the aircraft's airspeed to deteriorate, resulting in a stall. He was able to partially recover the aircraft close to ground level, but the landing gear wheels became entangled in the crop, causing the aircraft to descend further and contact the top of a drain bank. Using full power the pilot attempted to fly away, but the aircraft was unable to clear a line of trees at the perimeter of the paddock which it flew into, and came to rest inverted on the ground below.
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General details
Date: 23 December 1994 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 8:30 CSuT  
 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
 Occurrence type: Loss of control 
Release date: 30 August 1996 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Air Tractor Inc 
Aircraft model: AT-301 
Aircraft registration: VH-HKC 
Sector: Piston 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Coonawarra SA
Destination:Millicent SA
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