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Survey of Australian Agricultural Aviation Accidents & Incidents 1985-1992

Summary

This review of agricultural aviation accidents reported to BASI in the period 1985 to 1992 indicates:

  • there were no significant reductions in the number or rate of accidents
  • there were higher accident and fatal accident rates than for other GA operations
  • the majority of accidents occurred in the agricultural work phase of flight, although the taxi and take-off phase accounted for a significant percentage of accidents
  • factors related to pilot perception and operational decision were most frequent
  • accident prevention programs should address:

- failure to see and avoid objects or obstacles;
- inadequacy of pre-flight preparation and planning; and
- distraction from operation of aircraft.

The Director of BASI reiterated the points highlighted in this review when addressing the 1994 annual conference of the Aerial Agricultural Association.

Type: Research and Analysis Report
Publication date: 15 July 1995
ISBN: 0 642 22997 X
Publication number: SAB/IP/9S/D3
 
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