Aviation safety investigations & reports

Thruster Gemini, AUF 250020, Sutherland Creek (11 km NW Lovely Banks) VIC, 5 September 1987

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot decided to inspect a nearby private landing strip which was sometimes used by ultralight pilots. Prior to departure he had obtained details about the strip, which included some information on powerlines in its immediate vicinity. Upon arrival, the pilot carried out both an area, and a strip inspection to identify the hazards. He then descended to about 25 feet to carry out an inspection of the surface of the strip. About half way along the strip the aircraft struck a powerline and impacted the ground inverted. The pilot extricated himself from the wreckage just before the aircraft was consumed by fire. The area assumed by the pilot to be a strip, was in fact an access taxiway to the strip which was bisected by a powerline. During the high level observation, the pilot satisfied himself that he had identified the powerlines, however, the subject powerline escaped his attention. Although he obtained some information on the strip before departing, the pilot did not seek a detailed briefing considered necessary for flight at such a low height above an unfamiliar area.

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General details
Date: 05 September 1987   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1520    
Location: Sutherland Creek (11 km NW Lovely Banks)    
State: Victoria   Occurrence type: Wirestrike  
Release date: 17 December 1987   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Thruster Aircraft (Australia) Pty Ltd  
Aircraft model Gemini  
Aircraft registration 25-0020  
Serial number N/A  
Type of operation Sports Aviation  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point 6 km NW Lovely Banks VIC  
Departure time 1515  
Destination 6 km NW Lovely Banks VIC