Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna 188B, VH-UDP, Drumsara, near Mossman QLD, 8 May 1986

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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After completing the first swath run the pilot climbed the aircraft over a single set of power lines. At the end of the second run the aircraft was flown under these wires. When the pilot then commenced a climb he observed a second set of wires, he attempted to fly the aircraft under them but the canopy of the aircraft struck the wires. The aircraft remained airborne, however, by using the rear vision mirror, the pilot saw that the fin and rudder were extensively damaged. Rather than risk a loss of control situation he landed the aircraft in a field of tall sugar cane. Prior to commencing the task the pilot was given a map of the area by the property owner. The map was marked with the area to be sprayed and also had indicated, by the use of crosses, a power line at the end of the spray run. The pilot assumed that these crosses indicated only one set of wires. Being anxious to complete the task he did not carry out a reconnaissance before commencing to spray.

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General details
Date: 08 May 1986   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 900    
Location: Drumsara, near Mossman    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Wirestrike  
Release date: 10 June 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-UDP  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Drumsara QLD  
Departure time 0900  
Destination Drumsara QLD