Aviation safety investigations & reports

Piper Pawnee PA25-235, VH-KLN, Salt Springs (32 km E Clermont) QLD, 14 January 1988

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot had been engaged to spray a stubble field for Noogoora burr. After flying to the property to be sprayed and loading the required chemical the aircraft took off, about 30 minutes after sunrise, to commence the first spray run. The pilot had chosen to fly the spray runs into the east, although on the only other occasion he had sprayed the field the runs had been made into the west. About 110 metres after commencing the spray run the aircraft collided with a branch of a dead tree and struck the ground. A small fire started and witnesses reported that the aircraft appeared to explode. The tree was the only obstruction in the field and it is probable that it would have been difficult for the pilot to see because of the rising sun.

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General details
Date: 14 January 1988   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 600    
Location: Salt Springs (32 km E Clermont)    
State: Queensland    
Release date: 22 February 1988   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Piper Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model PA-25  
Aircraft registration VH-KLN  
Serial number 254478  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Salt Springs QLD  
Departure time 0555  
Destination Salt Springs QLD