Aviation safety investigations & reports

Piper PA25-235, VH-SGD, 3 km NNW Brocklesby (60 km NW Albury) NSW, 18 September 1987

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot was engaged in spraying a wheat crop. Two large trees, 18 metres apart, were situated in the centre of the paddock and the pilot intended to fly between the trees during one of the spray runs. He positioned the aircraft to fly under overhanging foliage and as close as possible to the tree on his right. As the aircraft passed the tree the right wing struck a dead branch. The pilot was able to maintain control of the aircraft and subsequently landed at the DEPARTURE strip. The pilot had failed to notice the dead branch protruding beneath the foliage of the tree.

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General details
Date: 18 September 1987   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1130    
Location: 3 km NNW Brocklesby (60 km NW Albury)    
State: New South Wales    
Release date: 23 February 1988   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Piper Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model PA-25  
Aircraft registration VH-SGD  
Serial number 25-4087  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Brocklesby NSW  
Departure time 1115  
Destination Brocklesby NSW