Aviation safety investigations & reports

Piper PA25-235, 22 km NE of Nhill VIC, 22 August 1987

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot was spraying a crop of peas on his own property, less than 500 metres from the strip. The aircraft was observed to finish the second swath run, but during the subsequent pull-up the left wing struck a branch of a 9 metre high tree. The aircraft veered to the left and collided with a large gum tree 235 metres further on. The aircraft came to rest inverted some 50 metres beyond this tree. A fire broke out and consumed much of the wreckage. No evidence was found of any pre-impact defect or malfunction of the aircraft which might have led to the development of the accident. The pilot was relatively inexperienced, was not qualified to conduct aerial agricultural operations, and had not received any formal training for such tasks. It was considered likely that he had mis-judged the distance from the tree struck by the left wing during the pull-up manoeuvre.

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General details
Date: 22 August 1987   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1145    
Location: 22 km NE of Nhill    
State: Victoria    
Release date: 08 March 1988   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Piper Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model PA-25  
Aircraft registration VH-KRT  
Serial number 25-3450  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Farm Strip 22 km NE of Nhill VIC  
Departure time 1145  
Destination Farm Strip 22 km NE of Nhill VIC