Aviation safety investigations & reports

Rockwell S2R, VH-SYQ, Emerald QLD, 8 March 1988

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot was carrying out a spray run near the edge of a cotton crop. He was aware of a powerline crossing his intended flight path and had originally intended to fly over the powerline. At the commencement of the spray run he sighted the pole from which the wires were suspended. The pole was close to the edge of the crop, and assessing that there would be adequate clearance, the pilot decided to fly beneath the wires. However, as he neared the wires he lost sight of them due to poor background. The pilot descended the aircraft as close to the crop as possible in an attempt to sight the wires, and to gain maximum possible clearance. The wheels entered the crop and caused the aircraft to decelerate. The pilot was unable to prevent the aircraft from settling into the crop. The aircraft came to rest after tipping onto its nose and ground looping.

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General details
Date: 08 March 1988   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1330    
Location: Emerald    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
Release date: 22 February 1989   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Rockwell International  
Aircraft model S-2  
Aircraft registration VH-SYQ  
Serial number 1903-R  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Emerald Qld  
Departure time N/K  
Destination Emerald Qld