Aviation safety investigations & reports

Air Tractor AT 301, VH-ODA, 31 km East Edenhope VIC, 14 July 1986

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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Towards the end of a spraying operation, the pilot manoeuvred the aircraft for a clean-up run. This required flying between two trees, before diverting around another tree and pulling up over a power line. The first part of the manoeuvre was accomplished , but as the pilot applied rudder to yaw around the single tree, his left foot slipped off the rudder pedal. He then tried to lift the right wing over the tree, but the outer section of the wing struck a large branch. The pilot was able to maintain limited control of the aircraft, which touched down heavily in a nearby paddock. The pilot had experienced some discomfort of his left leg, possibly due to his wearing of shoes with lower heels than those on the boots he normally wore. To alleviate the discomfort, he had placed his foot on the side of the left rudder pedal, from which it had slipped when pressure was applied to yaw the aircraft.

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General details
Date: 14 July 1986   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1310    
Location: 31 km East Edenhope    
State: Victoria    
Release date: 04 August 1986   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Air Tractor Inc  
Aircraft model AT301  
Aircraft registration VH-ODA  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point 32 km ENE Edenhope VIC  
Departure time 1310  
Destination 32 km ENE Edenhope VIC