Aviation safety investigations & reports

Drifter XP 503, Not Registered, Meriman Station (150 km SW Longreach) QLD, 29 August 1987

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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On arrival at the property, the pilot landed the aircraft in front of the homestead. A short time later he departed with the property owner on board for a cattle spotting flight. On returning to land, again in front of the homestead, the aircraft hit a single powerline, pitched nose up and fell to the ground inverted. The pilot stated that he was not aware of the presence of the powerline prior to colliding with it.

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General details
Date: 29 August 1987   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 815    
Location: Meriman Station (150 km SW Longreach)    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Wirestrike  
Release date: 24 September 1987   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Minor  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Unknown  
Aircraft model Drifter XP 503  
Aircraft registration Not registered  
Serial number N/K  
Type of operation Sports Aviation  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Meriman Station QLD  
Departure time 0815  
Destination Meriman Station QLD  
Last update 13 May 2014