Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna 150G, VH-KVQ, Gilgandra NSW, 10 July 1969

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Status: Completed
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The aircraft was flown to the training area for revision exercises, which included simulated forced landings. After satisfactorily completing a number of exercises, including one forced landing, the student climbed the aircraft to 3,000 feet where the instructor again closed the throttle to simulate an engine failure. The student selected a field and established a flight pattern for a landing into wind. The instructor states that he believed that the field selected was of marginal length and he decided to allow the approach to continue to below the normal break-off height so that the student could appreciate this fact. Neither pilot observed during descent that two electricity supply lines crossed the flight path at approximately a sixty degree angle. The wires were first seen by the student when about ten feet away and just as the instructor was about to call "go-around". The aircraft struck the wires and came to rest In the field on its landing gear.

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General details
Date: 10 July 1969   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1720 EST    
Location: Gilgandra    
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Wirestrike  
Release date: 05 December 1969   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 150  
Aircraft registration VH-KVQ  
Type of operation Flying Training  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Gilgandra  
Departure time 1650  
Destination Gilgandra  
Last update 13 May 2014