Jump to Content
The pilot had been spraying the paddock all morning and, for nearly four hours, had been crossing a set of wires running across the field almost at right angles to the aircraft's flight path. On the third run of the fifth load for the day the aircraft's main wheels contacted the top wire of a two wire set, and the forward motion was arrested causing the aircraft to impact the ground. During the ground impact sequence the pilot was thrown from the aircraft when a seat belt anchor point failed due to corrosion. The pilot had no recollection of any events during the day of the accident. Determination of the actual position of the wire was possibly made more difficult by the wire and one of the support poles tending to blend into the background. A possible contributory factor was that the pilot's concentration may have been reduced due the death of a relative the day before the accident.
 
General details
Date: 02 August 1993 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 10:50 WST Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
 Occurrence type:Wirestrike 
 Occurrence class: Operational 
Release date: 30 October 1993 Occurrence category: Accident 
Report status: Final Highest injury level: Serious 
 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Transavia Corp Pty Ltd 
Aircraft model: PL-12/T300 
Aircraft registration: VH-JHQ 
Sector: Piston 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:Gnowangerup WA
Destination:Gnowangerup WA
 
 
 
Share this page Provide feedback on this investigation
Last update 23 July 2015