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Pitts Aviation Enterprises, S-2A, VH-DAF, Floraville Station, Qld

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Status: Completed
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A mains power failure affected several properties along the Leichhardt River. The Far North Queensland Electricity Board (FNQEB) chartered a helicopter to conduct an aerial patrol along the affected power line. At about 1530 the pilot of the helicopter found a break in a single wire earth return (SWER) line to Floraville station homestead where it crossed the Leichhardt River. Debris, later identified as parts of a Pitts Special aircraft, was found downstream from the break. A 280 m span aligned 080/260 degrees M had been breached. The broken ends were flung into trees on the banks of the river.

Several days later, the wreckage of the aircraft was located by police divers. It had come to rest upside down in about 6 m of water, approximately 160 m downstream from and north of the wire strike.

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General details
Date: 06 February 1998   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 0900 EST    
Location   (show map): Floraville Station    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Wirestrike  
Release date: 03 March 1998   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Pitts Aviation Enterprises  
Aircraft model S-2  
Aircraft registration VH-DAF  
Serial number 2224  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Proa Station, Qld  
Departure time 0645 EST  
Destination Burketown, Qld  
Crew details
Role Class of licence Hours on type Hours total
Pilot-in-Command Private 586.8 1062
  Crew Passenger Ground Total
Fatal: 1 1 0 2
Total: 1 1 0 2
Last update 13 May 2014