Aviation safety investigations & reports

Piper PA25-235 Pawnee D, VH-SEG, 13km ENE of Ingham QLD, 15 December 1986

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot was engaged in the spraying of sugar cane. During one of the swath runs as he turned the aircraft to follow the line of the cane the right wing struck the cane. The aircraft impacted the ground and bounced several times before coming to rest. The configuration of the spray run chosen, by the pilot, involved a turn through 33 degrees during the run. The aircraft was being operated at a lower altitude than was necessary under the prevailing conditions to complete the task. The combination of both these facts made the judgement of wingtip clearance during the run extremely difficult.

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General details
Date: 15 December 1986   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1800(Aprx)    
Location: 13km ENE of Ingham    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
Release date: 16 June 1987   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Piper Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model PA-25  
Aircraft registration VH-SEG  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Ingham QLD  
Departure time 1800(Aprx)  
Destination Ingham QLD