Aviation safety investigations & reports

Grumman Ag Cat 164-B, VH-JCW, Ariah Park Narranderra NSW, 5 November 1989

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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Before commencing spraying, the pilot conferred with the farmer who pointed out three sets of power lines. He checked the location of each of these lines in relation to an adjacent highway and a tree line in the area to be sprayed. He also completed an aerial survey. The pilot successfully sprayed the first three quarters of the paddock and then commenced on what he considered to be the more difficult section. As the aircraft descended over the line of trees to spray height, the pilot heard and felt a thump. He flew the aircraft back to the strip, where he discovered damage to the leading edge of both wings. The aircraft had struck a fourth set of wires. This two strand set was connected to a cross tree on an 11,000 volt pole, and strung for about one kilometre through trees to a pole beyond the highway. The farmer had neglected to mention this pair of wires and the pilot did not see it on his aerial survey.

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General details
Date: 05 November 1989   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1400    
Location: Ariah Park Narranderra    
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Wirestrike  
Release date: 02 April 1990   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Grumman American Aviation Corp  
Aircraft model G-164  
Aircraft registration VH-JCW  
Serial number 81B  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Ariah Park NSW  
Departure time 1345  
Destination Ariah Park NSW