Aviation safety investigations & reports

De Havilland DH-60M Gipsy Moth, VH-UQV, Maitland Aerodrome NSW, 22 October 1989

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Status: Completed
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An early morning flight was arranged between the owners of the Gipsy Moth VH-UQV and the owner of a Tiger Moth VH-DDA with the intention of photographing the Gipsy Moth from the air. The owner of VH-DDA agreed to fly in the Gipsy Moth and occupy the rear seat whilst the pilot-in-command occupied the front seat. The Tiger Moth was flown by the other owner of the Gipsy Moth. The Gipsy Moth was flown by the rear seat pilot for the first part of the flight. At the completion of the photography, which was conducted in the circuit area at Maitland, the pilot-in-command took control of the aircraft. The aircraft was flown to the north-east of the aerodrome to the Hunter River where it was descended to fly at a low height over the river. With the pilot in-command still at the controls, the aircraft returned to the aerodrome at a height of about 500 feet. After passing the aerodrome southern boundary, the aircraft entered a steep turn to the left. The non-flying pilot in the rear seat reported the aircraft, whilst passing through a north westerly heading, was rolled to the right to avoid a tree. The right wing struck and severed a cable of an 11,000 volt power line causing the aircraft to cartwheel into the ground, within the aerodrome boundary. This accident was not the subject of a formal on scene investigation.

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General details
Date: 22 October 1989   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 554    
Location: Maitland Aerodrome    
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Wirestrike  
Release date: 29 November 1989   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Serious  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer de Havilland Aircraft Pty Ltd  
Aircraft model DH-60  
Aircraft registration VH-UQV  
Serial number 783  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Maitland NSW  
Departure time 0535 approx.  
Destination Maitland NSW