2003-08-06: The West Central Air PZL-Mielec M18B Dromader agricultural (ag) aircraft, registration C-GGXI
, had completed one spray application run to the west and a left turn was initiated, toward a hill, to position the aircraft for an application run to the east. The aircraft encountered a downdraft during the turn, and, despite the application of flap and power, struck the crest of the hill and bounced. The 480 gallon load of insecticide was jettisoned following the initial ground contact, and immediately thereafter the aircraft stalled and impacted the downslope side of the hill. The main landing gear separated at impact and the left wing sustained substantial damage. The pilot was uninjured. The winds were estimated to be five knots from the southeast, the temperature was approximately 14 degrees Celsius and the field altitude was about 3800 feet ASL.