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The aircraft was engaged in spraying operations over a crop of rock melons. The pilot had not previously sprayed crops at this farm. During one of the spray runs the right wing struck a thin metal pole located at the edge of the paddock. The pilot was able to maintain control of the aircraft and diverted to land safely at a nearby air strip. The farmer who normally removed the steel pole had forgotten to remove it on this occasion or to notify the pilot of its location. The 5 to 6 m high pole was constructed of 25 mm square steel tubing. The pilot later said that he saw the obstacle too late to avoid a collision.
 
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