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The aircraft was engaged on agricultural operations in hilly country when it encountered a sink conditions. Although the pilot applied full power and take-off flap, he was unable to prevent the aircraft from descending into trees tops on a ridgeline. The pilot dumped the load, but the aircraft continued to descend and impact the ground. The pilot had not been aware of any sink indications during previous spray runs.
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General details
Date: 12 September 1995 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 17:45 CST  
 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
 Occurrence type: Collision with terrain 
Release date: 20 February 1996 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Air Tractor Inc 
Aircraft model: AT-301 
Aircraft registration: VH-JAI 
Sector: Piston 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Cleve SA
Destination:Cleve SA
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