Aviation safety investigations & reports

Piper PA28/140 Cherokee, VH-PTD, Narromine, NSW, 24 September 1970

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot, who was the general manager of the irrigation property on which the accident occurred, and his passenger, who was the farm manager of the same property, were on an inspection flight to observe accumulations of water from recent rain. The aircraft circled and manoeuvred over various sections of the property at a height of about 500 feet for approximately fifteen minutes and was then seen to make a shallow descent towards the homestead buildings. It flew towards a position where two employees were working adjacent to the property workshop and at a height of some 28 feet while still approaching the workshop area, it struck power cables. The forward movement of the aircraft was retarded, it nosed up steeply, then rolled to the left and dived to the ground steeply nose down. Several seconds after impact, the aircraft burst into flames and was completely destroyed by fire.
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General details
Date: 24 September 1970   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1507 EST    
Location: Narromine    
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Wirestrike  
Release date: 22 March 1971   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Piper Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model PA-28  
Aircraft registration VH-PTD  
Serial number 159  
Type of operation Private  
Departure point Narromine  
Departure time 1450  
Destination Narromine  
Last update 10 June 2014