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The pilot was conducting his first commercial agricultural spraying operation and had been operating on the task for several hours in the afternoon. He was asked by the farmer who owned the property being sprayed, to avoid spraying in the dam on the paddock. Whilst the pilot was attempting to identify the dam, the aircraft's left wing clipped the top of a tree and the aircraft descended steeply into the ground. The pilot was able to escape from the wreckage, having sustain soft tissue damage, fractures to lower vertebra and both ankles dislocated.
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General details
Date: 26 May 1997 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 15:45 CST Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
 Occurrence type:Collision with terrain 
 Occurrence class: Operational 
Release date: 20 October 1997 Occurrence category: Accident 
Report status: Final Highest injury level: Serious 
 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Gippsland Aeronautics Pty Ltd 
Aircraft model: GA-200 
Aircraft registration: VH-SAV 
Sector: Piston 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Lucindale SA
Destination:Lucindale SA
 
 
 
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