Aviation safety investigations & reports

Auster J5-190, VH-SCO, 3 km NNE of Greta NSW, 16 May 1987

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The aircraft was one of a group attending a vintage aircraft fly-in. It had been engaged on a photographic flight in company with another aircraft, in an area west of the Hunter River. During the return to the strip, the two aircraft became separated. The subject aircraft was observed to descend to a low height over the river, while apparently tracking for a right base leg position. It subsequently collided with powerlines and trees before falling to the ground about 1.5 kilometres from the strip. The powerlines consisted of three cables strung on individual poles. The span which crossed the river was about 645 metres in length, and the height of the cables at the point of collision was 35 metres above the river level. The weather at the time was fine, with no restrictions to visibility. However, the wires were difficult to see against the background, and the pilot had not been aware that there were any powerlines in the vicinity.

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General details
Date: 16 May 1987   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1620 apprx    
Location: 3 km NNE of Greta    
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Wirestrike  
Release date: 17 September 1987   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Serious  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Auster Aircraft Ltd  
Aircraft model J1  
Aircraft registration VH-SCO  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Luskintyre NSW  
Departure time 1620 apprx  
Destination Luskintyre NSW