Aviation safety investigations & reports

Piper PA25-235, VH-SKJ, 21 km West Horsham VIC, 29 November 1986

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot was conducting spraying operations over an irregularly shaped paddock. Power lines were located along two sides of the paddock. At the end of a clean-up run conducted parallel to one set of the lines, the aircraft struck and severed two wires which crossed its path. It then yawed sharply and collided with the other wires, before impacting the ground in a steep nosedown attitude. During the ensuing short ground slide both the engine and the rubber fuel tank were torn out. The pilot later advised that he had been aware of the power lines, but had temporarily overlooked their presence.

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General details
Date: 29 November 1986   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 745    
Location: 21 km West Horsham    
State: Victoria   Occurrence type: Wirestrike  
Release date: 12 May 1987   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Minor  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Piper Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model PA-25  
Aircraft registration VH-SKJ  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Horsham VIC  
Departure time 0745  
Destination Horsham VIC