Aviation safety investigations & reports

Transavia PL-12, VH-AGK, 22km East of Bunbury WA, 4 June 1986

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot was engaged in spreading fertilizer on a forest. The airstrip being used was in a valley and to fly to the area of operation the aircraft had to cross a ridge line. As the aircraft approached the ridge the pilot stated that he noticed that the aircraft was descending, he applied full power and jettisoned the load. However, the stub wing of the aircraft struck some tall trees below the top of the ridge and a short distance later the forward flight of the aircraft was arrested when it collided with a large tree. The aircraft slid down the tree and became wedged between it and two other trees. The pilot was able to evacuate himself from the wreckage and walk to the airstrip. The pilot had taken 19 loads across the ridge line en-route to the treatment area prior to the accident flight. He had been clearing the tree- tops on the ridge by 30-60 feet on each run and planned to do the same this time. However, as the aircraft approached the ridge line the pilot reported that it encountered a downdraught. The presence of downdraughts in the area could not be substantiated by either other pilots or meteorology reports.

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General details
Date: 04 June 1986   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1058    
Location: 22km East of Bunbury    
State: Western Australia    
Release date: 17 November 1986   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Transavia Corp Pty Ltd  
Aircraft model PL-12  
Aircraft registration VH-AGK  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point White's Strip, 24km East of Bunbury WA  
Departure time 1058  
Destination White's Strip WA