Aviation safety investigations & reports

Collision with terrain involving a Airparts NZ Ltd FU-24-954, VH-EUO, 8km S Yarragon, VIC on 25 February 1993

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot was spreading mineral fertiliser on two irregular shaped properties. The first property was finished on the previous load. The second property had two wires within it and a third adjacent to the eastern boundary. A run was made from south to north passing under the first wire and over the second. At the end a turn was made and a west to east run started, the first in the area. The aircraft passed over the lower wire by 150 feet as a climb was made with the terrain. Crossing the eastern boundary at 50 feet the nose gear leg struck the third wire. Full power was applied and a descent initiated to keep control. Enough control was maintained to allow the aircraft to be put down on a hillside. A heavy touchdown ensued followed by a violent right yaw. During the ground slide the aircraft rolled inverted, losing the right wing, then hit a fence post and finally came to rest the right way up.
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General details
Date: 25 February 1993   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 14:15 ESuT    
State: Victoria   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
  Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Minor  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Airparts NZ Ltd  
Aircraft model FU-24-954  
Aircraft registration VH-EUO  
Sector Piston  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point 10km S Yarragon  
Destination 10km S Yarragon