Aviation safety investigations & reports

Piper PA25-235, VH-PIR, Coonamble NSW, 6 August 1969

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The aircraft had been flown on the morning of the accident from Coonabarabran to the agricultural strip at "Lumley", near Coonamble, to engage in spraying operations. Finding that the loader had not arrived, the pilot decided to take off and look for the vehicle with the object of directing the driver to the strip. At about this time the driver was entering the "Lumley" property and the pilot flew low over the loader in the direction of the airstrip. He did not see the power transmission lines across the flight path of the aircraft at a height of some 30 feet above the ground until the aircraft was about to strike them. The aircraft contacted the wires with the main undercarriage, decelerated and struck the ground with the nose and right wing before coming to rest inverted. Fire broke out immediately on ground impact but the pilot was able to evacuate the aircraft before it was destroyed by fire.

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General details
Date: 06 August 1969   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 0930 EST    
Location: NE of Coonamble    
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Wirestrike  
Release date: 15 April 1970   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Serious  

Aircraft details

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