Aviation safety investigations & reports

Piper 25-235, VH-AMZ, 8 km SSE Echuca VIC, 16 November 1987

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Status: Completed
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The pilot was engaged in spraying a small crop of tomatoes. This was the first time he had sprayed this paddock. The farmer provided him with a map of the area to be sprayed, but the powerlines were not marked on the map, so a briefing was conducted on the location of the powerlines. There was a set to the north of the paddock and two sets to the south. Before he commenced spraying, the pilot conducted an aerial inspection of the area. During the aerial inspection he was in radio contact with the farmer and believed he had located all the powerlines. Shortly after commencing the job, the pilot manoeuvred the aircraft for a run in the northerly direction. His intention on this run was to fly below a powerline that on previous runs, because of the disposition of that particular line, he had flown over. When manoeuvring to fly below this line, the aircraft hit another line 80 metres to the south. The pilot was not aware of the presence of the line the aircraft struck. The aircraft hit the ground and was destroyed by the impact and the resulting fire. The briefing received by the pilot was inadequate.

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General details
Date: 16 November 1987   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1034    
Location: 8 km SSE Echuca    
State: Victoria   Occurrence type: Wirestrike  
Release date: 24 March 1988   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Serious  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Piper Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model PA-25  
Aircraft registration VH-AMZ  
Serial number 25-3472  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Echuca VIC  
Departure time 1015  
Destination Echuca VIC  
Last update 13 May 2014