Aviation safety investigations & reports

Britten Norman BN 2-A20 Islander, VH-IGT, Wilton NSW, 24 July 1984

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The aerodrome caretaker had been requested to inflate a tyre on one of the operator's aircraft. The engines of VH-IGT were operating when the pilot observed the caretaker approaching, carrying a battery which powered an air pump. The caretaker walked around the tail of the aircraft, placed the battery near the right wheel, moved to the wing tip and proceeded towards another aircraft. He then realised he had taken the battery to the wrong aircraft and returned, walking directly towards the right engine. The pilot attempted to shutdown the engines but the caretaker continued forward and was struck by the rotating propeller.

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General details
Date: 24 July 1984   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: N/A    
Location: Wilton    
State: New South Wales    
Release date: 10 October 1984   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Pilatus Britten-Norman Ltd  
Aircraft model BN2  
Aircraft registration VH-IGT  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point N/A  
Departure time N/A  
Destination N/A  
Last update 01 April 2011