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The pilot reported that just prior to taking off during a spreading operation, a line squall had passed over the strip. Soon after becoming airborne the aircraft encountered an area of turbulence with associated sink, which it could not outclimb. Although the pilot attempted to dump the load of fertiliser to improve climb performance, the aircraft struck the ground in a level attitude and collided with a water pump, tearing the nose landing gear leg from the aircraft. It was later determined that the fertiliser was damp, which adversely affected the dump capability of the aircraft.
 
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