Preliminary Report Released 25 September 2010

On 14 September 2010, the pilot of a Cessna A188B/A1 Agtruck aircraft, registered VH-KZF was conducting aerial spraying operations about 25 km east of Geraldton Aerodrome, Western Australia.

The pilot was taking off from a gravel airstrip on the eleventh of 12 planned flights when the aircraft struck a tree stump that was located in the runway overshoot area, then collided with terrain about 100 m from the departure end of the airstrip.

The pilot was fatally injured and the aircraft was seriously damaged by the impact forces and an intense post-impact fire.