Aviation safety investigations & reports

Piper PA25-235, VH-FBN, 25 km WNW Port Lincoln SA, 6 August 1988

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot had completed his last spray run and had pulled up into a procedure turn to make a clean-up run. He was aware of two power lines, one running parallel to the spray run and the other at an angle to the first. He was intent on avoiding the line at an angle to his run but struck the other as he positioned for the clean-up run. Visibility at the time was reduced in light rain. The line hit the right wingtip and windshield wirecutter. Thw wirecutter bent under the load and the wire broke the windscreen and tore off the top of the cockpit before it separated. The pilot was able to recover the aircraft without further damage.

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General details
Date: 06 August 1988   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1130    
Location: 25 km WNW Port Lincoln    
State: South Australia   Occurrence type: Wirestrike  
Release date: 26 August 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-FBN  
Serial number 25-3166  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point 35 km WNW Port Lincoln SA  
Departure time 1125  
Destination 35 km WNW Port Lincoln SA