Story: Air crashes

Topdressing plane

Topdressing plane

Experiments in aerial topdressing took place after the Second World War, and soon a successful agricultural industry developed. However, topdressing aircraft often flew low over rugged terrain, and accidents were common. This photograph of a Fletcher Walter aircraft pulling up after a low run dramatically illustrates how risky such flying can be.

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Nancy Swarbrick, 'Air crashes - Small aircraft accidents', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 May 2022)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, published 12 Jun 2006