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On 20 December 2011, at about 1500 Eastern Standard Time, a Cessna Aircraft Company 188B Agwagon, registered VH-SHM, collided with terrain after experiencing difficulty becoming airborne from a station property near St George, Queensland. The purpose of the flight was the aerial application of herbicide to control weeds on the property. The pilot was the sole occupant of the aircraft and sustained serious injuries.

The pilot was relatively new to the aerial application industry and inexperienced on the aircraft type. The aircraft had recently had a new propeller and hub fitted pursuant to an engineering order.

Approved Agricultural pilots are reminded of the importance of supervision of newly rated agricultural pilots. The accident also highlights the importance of pilots being aware of the maintenance that has been performed on an aircraft and the value of a test flight being performed by a pilot experienced with the aircraft type following maintenance. 

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General details
Date: 20 December 2011 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1500 EST  
Location   (show map):13 km NE St George Airport Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland Occurrence type: Runway excursion 
Release date: 24 May 2012 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Serious 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 188 
Aircraft registration: VH-SHM 
Serial number: 18802903T 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Damage to aircraft: Serious 
Departure point:St George Airport, QLD
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