Aviation safety investigations & reports

Piper PA25-235, VH-EHR, 16 km NNE of Tatura VIC, 5 February 1990

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot was conducting a clean-up run on a crop of tomatoes, which involved flying under a main set of power lines and a branch line. He was aware of the positions of both lines. The pilot flew under the branch line and started to pull up, when he suddenly saw the main line. He then attempted to go under that line but made contact with the rudder, part of which was torn off by the impact. The pilot advised that he applied full power and full forward stick to try and counter the nose high/slow speed situation. The aircraft was vibrating badly with associated noise coming from the rear. This was later determined to be from the detached portion of rudder attached to the wire deflector cable, flailing in the slipstream and striking the rear fuselage and elevators. Because of this the pilot decided to land straight ahead immediately, however, the landing area subsequently proved to be unsuitable resulting in further damage to the aircraft.

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General details
Date: 05 February 1990   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1005    
Location: 16 km NNE of Tatura    
State: Victoria   Occurrence type: Wirestrike  
Release date: 23 March 1990   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Piper Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model PA-25  
Aircraft registration VH-EHR  
Serial number 25-7405643  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Tatura VIC  
Departure time 0935  
Destination Tatura VIC