Aviation safety investigations & reports

Gemini Thruster, AUF 250030, 10 km W Beulah VIC, 5 September 1987

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot reported that he had been flying over his farm for about 30 minutes inspecting his crops and livestock. When crossing a road, whilst proceeding to another section of the farm at a altitude of about 30 feet, he remembered the location of a powerline, which was then only 50 metres ahead. He banked the aircraft left to avoid the line, but the left wing hit the top of a tree. Control was lost and the aircraft impacted the ground, coming to rest inverted. The pilot stated that during the flight he had been preoccupied thinking about the several tasks he hoped to complete that day. Consequently he was not giving his full attention to the operation of the aircraft. During the impact sequence the insert plug in the fuel tank became dislodged. This allowed fuel to spill from the tank and drench the pilot.

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General details
Date: 05 September 1987   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 830    
Location: 10 km W Beulah    
State: Victoria    
Release date: 11 March 1988   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Serious  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Thruster Aircraft (Australia) Pty Ltd  
Aircraft model Gemini  
Aircraft registration 25-0030  
Serial number N/K  
Type of operation Sports Aviation  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point 10 km W Beulah VIC  
Departure time 800  
Destination 10 km W Beulah VIC