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Narrative:The aircraft operated from a rural airstrip near Tarata New Zealand, on topdressing flights.
|Type:||Pacific Aerospace Cresco 08-600|
|Operator:||Wanganui Aero Works Ltd|
|C/n / msn:|| 020|
|Fatalities:||Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1|
|Airplane damage:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||near Tarata -
|Phase:|| Take off|
|Departure airport:||Taranaki District|
|Destination airport:||Taranaki District|
The aircraft descended after take-off and struck a fence. The collision with the fence damaged the elevator control cable system which jammed the elevator control surface. This resulted in the pilot being unable to adequately control the aircraft in pitch, and the aircraft subsequently struck the ground.
The aircraft was loaded with 1900 kg of lime product on the accident flight, this was in excess of the 1860 kg maximum structural hopper load.
A change in wind direction had occurred in the late morning which may have presented the pilot with a slight tail-wind or possible low level turbulence, including down draught conditions, during and after take-off.
On the accident flight, the aircraft was probably overloaded for the prevailing
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