Aviation safety investigations & reports

Rockwell International Commander S2R, VH-DQA, 3km W Elmore VIC, 17 October 1989

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot was conducting spraying operations in a large wheat paddock. The aircraft was being flown about two metres above the crop and the pilot intended to pass to the right of a large tree near the end of the particular swath run. The aircraft suddenly swung violently to the left as the wheels entered the crop. By the time the pilot managed to pull the aircraft clear, it was heading for the tree. While attempting to manoeuvre the aircraft, the pilot was unable to prevent it from striking the ground.

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General details
Date: 17 October 1989   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1100    
Location: 3km W Elmore    
State: Victoria   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
Release date: 29 August 1990   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-DQA  
Serial number 1833R  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Elmore VIC  
Departure time 1030  
Destination Elmore VIC