Aviation safety investigations & reports

Piper PA25/235 Pawnee, VH-PEP, Mudgee NSW, 18 March 1973

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Status: Completed
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Early in the day the pilot flew the aircraft from Mudgee to the airstrip situated about 4 mile south of the property on which superphosphate was to be spread. The weather was fine, the wind was calm and visibility was unrestricted. Although the pilot did not carry out a ground or aerial inspection of the property prior to commencing operations, nor did he obtain a specific briefing regarding the location of power lines on the property, he had carried out similar operations on this property periodically during the previous five years. As the aircraft approached the power line it banked to the right, apparently to follow the change in boundary direction and the raised left wing tip struck the cables resulting in a portion of the wing leading edge and upper surface fabric being detached. The aircraft slewed and rolled to the left and struck the ground In an inverted attitude 460 feet beyond the power line where it came to rest against a post and wire fence. A fierce fire occurred immediately.
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General details
Date: 18 March 1973   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 0715 EST    
Location: Mudgee    
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Wirestrike  
Release date: 02 September 1974   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Piper Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model PA-25  
Aircraft registration VH-PEP  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Agricultural Airstrip  
Departure time 0710  
Destination Agricultural Airstrip  
Last update 13 May 2014