Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna 188B-A1, VH-UDV, 18 km NE Koo Wee Rup VIC, 13 December 1985

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot was spraying a potato crop in a paddock which had a power line running along one boundary. Spray runs were conducted at right angles to the wires, and the pilot was flying under the wires on each run. At the end of one run the pilot pulled up, conducted a procedure turn, and was then slightly distracted by noise on his CB radio. While adjusting the squelch on the set, he forgot the presence of the power line and the aircraft struck the wires about 32 feet agl. The aircraft remained under control and the pilot was subsequently able to make a normal landing at his destination strip.

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General details
Date: 13 December 1985   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1140    
Location: 18 km NE Koo Wee Rup    
State: Victoria   Occurrence type: Wirestrike  
Release date: 25 February 1986   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 188  
Aircraft registration VH-UDV  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Nar Nar Goon VIC  
Departure time 1140  
Destination Nar Nar Goon VIC