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The Air Tractor 502 was conducting spraying operations late at night in fine conditions, with scattered cloud, no moon, and a barely discernable horizon. After levelling at approximately 200 ft from a pull up and procedure turn, the pilot reported that his attention was drawn to another aircraft which was spraying a nearby property. Whilst the pilot was watching the other aircraft the Air Tractor struck the ground at an estmated airspeed of 95 knots. Wreckage distribution and pilot evidence indicated that, following the initial impact, the aircraft became airborne for a further 200 metres, with no engine or electrical power, before again striking the ground and sliding to a stop. The pilot, who had been wearing a full harness, escaped without injury. The aircraft was destroyed.
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General details
Date: 10 December 1996 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1:05 ESuT  
 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
 Occurrence type: Collision with terrain 
Release date: 29 January 1997 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Air Tractor Inc 
Aircraft model: AT-502 
Aircraft registration: VH-CJZ 
Sector: Turboprop 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:Collarenebri NSW
Destination:Collarenebri NSW
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