Aviation safety investigations & reports

Piper PA 36-375, VH-JND, Benerembah, 26 km SW Griffith NSW, 18 November 1985

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot was carrying out the first spraying run in the particular paddock. Towards the end of the run he was distracted when a large flock of birds suddenly flew up in front of the aircraft. The pilot descended in order to fly under the birds, but temporarily forgot that there was a power line in the vicinity. As he pulled up at the end of the run, the main gear snagged the wire. The wire cutters fitted to the gear did not sever the wire and the aircraft subsequently struck the ground 82 metres beyond the run of the power line.

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General details
Date: 18 November 1985   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1145    
Location: Benerembah, 26 km SW Griffith    
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Wirestrike  
Release date: 30 January 1986   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Minor  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Piper Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model PA-36  
Aircraft registration VH-JND  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Griffith NSW  
Departure time 1145  
Destination Griffith NSW