VH-KRT Piper PA25-235 Pawnee
Agricultural Aviation, Ag-Av, was one the largest aerial agriculture
operators in Queensland.
Its aircraft worked
throughout south-eastern Queensland from its base at Archerfield.
Carter caught one of its Pawnees, VH-KRT, parked at Thangool on April
28, 1976. The
aircraft had been FIRST registered in October 1965.
Agricultural aircraft often spend long
periods off the register,
sometimes due to accidents, sometimes because of a downturn in business.
–KRT was absent from July
1978 to March 1980 and from March 1983 to March 1985, with
the aircraft BEING shown as
withdrawn from use. On February 1, 1986 it suffered an
failure on take off from Lady Barron airport on Flinders Island and was
damagED. . It suffered
its worst accident on
August 22, 1987 when it struck a tree near Nhill, Victoria, and crashed
the ground killing the pilot. The wreckage was
sold to Gippsland Aeronautics, which used
components to make one of the two prototypes of the GippsAero GA-200
GA-200s were manufactured from scratch. –KRT was sold
in China in May 1993 as B-8512.