Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna 182G, VH-AEH, Merredln, WA, 31 July 1969

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The Merredln Shire landing field Is 4.5 miles south east of Merredln and, after arrival In the area, the pilot decided to select a landing field closer to the town since arrangements for transport after landing had not been made. He selected for examination a field 1.5 miles north of the town, oriented approximately north and south. After flying at 700 feet above terrain Immediately to the east of the field on a northerly heading, the pilot carried out a descending turn to port with the intention of examining the surface from a low altitude. He levelled out on a southerly heading at a height of about 20 feet and almost Immediately the aircraft ran through three cables of a power line. There was a bright flash of electrical discharge from the port wing, the wlndscreen disintegrated, one high tension wire was caught In the aircraft fin and all three wires were torn from the two nearest poles which were 900 feet apart. The aircraft moved to the left of Its Intended flight path and travelled approximately 550 feet before contacting the ground with the port wing and engine. It then cartwheeled horizontally on to the starboard wing coming to rest facing 180 degrees from the direction of its final approach to the landing area.
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General details
Date: 31 July 1969   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1040 WST    
Location: Merredln    
State: Western Australia   Occurrence type: Wirestrike  
Release date: 02 December 1969   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Minor  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 182  
Aircraft registration VH-AEH  
Type of operation Business  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Jandakot  
Departure time 0915  
Destination Merredln  
Last update 13 May 2014