Aviation safety investigations & reports

Piper PA 25-235, VH-TSI, NW Proserpine Qld, 3 April 1969

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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With unrestricted visibility and a wind varying between 5 and 15 knots the pilot planned to spray three sugar cane fields In the one flight. After spraying a supposedly 28 acre field, he found he had used spray equivalent to only 21 acres. When no additional area was Indicated by the ground markers he proceeded to the second field one-half mile distant and made an aerial Inspection, noting all obstructions. Then, to reduce the aircraft's load he sprayed the third field which was obstruction free and located one half mile distant from the second field. He returned to the second field after approximately ten minutes, descended and lined up for the first spraying run. The pilot was conscious of a power line to the south of his Intended run but forgot the existence of a north south power line. When he saw the line he applied power to the aircraft and endeavoured to fly over It, but two cables caught on the aircraft's tall strut. One cable broke but the second arrested the aircraft, which crashed into the cane, where It was destroyed by fire.

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General details
Date: 03 April 1969   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1215 EST    
Location: 5 miles NW Proserpine    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Wirestrike  
Release date: 04 December 1969   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Piper Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model PA-25  
Aircraft registration VH-TSI  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Agricultural Strip NW Proserpine  
Destination Agricultural Strip NW Proserpine  
Last update 13 May 2014