Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna 172N, VH-IGD, 10km north-east of Willowie SA, 1 February 1989

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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Information provided by the pilot indicated he had planned to land the aircraft in a paddock used by crop dusting aircraft. He contacted the owner of the paddock and determined that it met the requirements for his aircraft. The pilot was advised that a set of powerlines crossed the approach end of the paddock and he requested the owner to park his car underneath these powerlines to mark their location. When the pilot arrived over the strip a car was parked near the approach end where the pilot thought the powerlines were and he assumed the owner had acted on his request. After carrying out an Authorized Landing Area inspection during which he did not sight the powerlines the pilot made a normal approach. He kept well clear of the car but the aircraft collided with the powerlines on late final approach and touched down heavily. Information provided indicated that the owner of the paddock had parked his car more than 20 metres downwind of the powerlines for reasons which were not determined and this had given the pilot the wrong impression of their location. This accident was not the subject of an on scene investigation.

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General details
Date: 01 February 1989   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1530    
Location: 10km north-east of Willowie    
State: South Australia   Occurrence type: Wirestrike  
Release date: 13 April 1989   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 172  
Aircraft registration VH-IGD  
Serial number 17270440  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Jamestown SA  
Departure time 1500  
Destination 10km north-east Willowie SA