Aviation safety investigations & reports

Piper PA28-151, VH-PZC, Glenaubyn', 32 Km NW of Miles QLD, 26 December 1984

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Status: Completed
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The pilot intended landing in a paddock to inspect the results of recent spraying. He was aware of a power line well beyond the intended landing area. Sheep obstructed all of the paddock but the pilot hesitated in going round. Having temporarily forgotten about the power line, he then saw it too late to climb over and the top of the fin was severed as the aircraft was flown under the wire. The impact jammed the rudder, however the pilot was able to carry out a safe landing in the adjoining paddock.

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General details
Date: 26 December 1984   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1335    
Location: Glenaubyn', 32 Km NW of Miles    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Wirestrike  
Release date: 05 March 1985   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Piper Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model PA-28  
Aircraft registration VH-PZC  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Glenaubyn' QLD  
Departure time N/A  
Destination Capella QLD  
Last update 13 May 2014