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The ATSB is investigating the collision with terrain of a PZL Warszawa-Okecie M-18A Dromader aircraft, registered VH-WHR, while it was conducting aerial agricultural operations near Emerald Airport, Queensland, on 1 December 2017.

During the agricultural operations, the aircraft pitched down and collided with the ground resulting in substantial damage to the aircraft. The pilot, the only person on board, was seriously injured.

As part of the investigation, the ATSB will interview the pilot and gather additional information as required.

A report will be released in several months.

General details
Date: 01 December 2017 Investigation status: Active 
Time: 6:27 EST Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Location   (show map):Emerald Airport N 7 km Occurrence type:Collision with terrain 
State: Queensland Occurrence class: Operational 
 Occurrence category: Accident 
Report status: Pending Highest injury level: Serious 
Expected completion: May 2018  
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: PZL Warszawa-Okecie 
Aircraft model: M-18A 
Aircraft registration: VH-WHR 
Serial number: 1Z018-07 
Operator: Central Highlands Aerial Services 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Sector: Piston 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Emerald, Qld
Destination:Emerald, Qld
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Last update 06 December 2017