c/n 1462

C-FURR departs from the South Channel.
Photo: Unknown photographer © 20 August 2008 - Harley Lang Collection
C-FURR at her home base.
Photo: Neil Aird © 06 August 2004
Photos: Harley Lang © 2003
VH-IMJ at Armidale.
Photo: Unknown photographer © April 1990 - Aird Archives.
Photo: Lenn Bayliss © December 1990
VH-IMJ watching the grass grow.
Photo: Unknown photographer © December 1990 - Aird Archives
VH-IMJ with ROBBY'S at Parafield.
Photo: Bob Wiseman © via Lance Higgerson
VH-IMJ of the Fire Service on the Parafield ramp.
Photo: Ken Tilley © 14 December 1985
VH-IMJ from the other side.
Photo: Daniel Tanner © 29 October 1985

c/n 1462

G-206 • (N37762) • VH-IMJ

C-FURR

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G-206 Ghana Air Force. Delivered 30-Mar-1961.

(N37762) Resv’d 15-Sep-1976. Canx as n.t.u. On USCAR at 02-Mar-1990 (Officially Canx 08-Nov-2010).

VH-IMJ Aerial Agriculture, Armidale, NSW. Canx 04-Mar-1996.

Accident: "Furracabad" (5 Km Glen Innes) NSW, 10 November 1987. The aircraft was spreading Mexican Sulphur, a mixture of sulphur and a carrier base. Operations were being conducted from a one-way strip in a 2 to 3 knot tailwind, and an appropriate reduction in payload had been made by the pilot commensurate with the conditions. It was reported that operations had proceeded slowly as the spreading medium would not flow freely, tending to clog in the clamshell gate. This required the pilot to work the gate continuously to achieve an even discharge. A witness reported that during the sixth takeoff of the day, a strong wind gust substantially increased the tailwind. The aircraft did not become airborne, and the pilot pulled the hopper handle in an attempt to reduce the weight of the aircraft in order to clear a boundary fence. The load failed to dump normally. The pilot then selected additional flap and the aircraft became airborne in a tail-low attitude. Although the mainwheels cleared the fence, the tailwheel struck a fence post. The aircraft remained airborne, but the pilot found it necessary to hold the control column in the fully-forward position. After some altitude was gained, the pilot made a further and successful attempt to dump the load. Although difficulty was experienced in controlling the aircraft, a safe landing was made at another aerodrome nearby. The aircraft sustained substantial damage to the rear fuselage and empennage. Empennage damage included buckling of the tailplane and rudder trailing edge. It was also found that spreading medium had clogged the hopper gate, preventing emergency dumping of the payload, and the hopper gate mirror was incorrectly aligned so that the pilot was unable to observe load release. The pilot was uninjured. The aircraft suffered substantial damage. This accident was not the subject of an on-site investigation. Incident report 198702438

C-FURR Harold W. Lang, Monetville, ON. 11-Mar-1997 and 23-Aug-2002.

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