The pilot was conducting the first spray run for the day when the aircraft collided with three high tension power lines. One wire was severed by the windscreen mounted wire cutter, but the two remaining wires ran over the cockpit and severed the top of the vertical stabiliser. These actions slowed the aircraft significantly, causing it to descend into the crop. The pilot was fatally injured.
It was reported that the pilot did not conduct an examination of the area to be sprayed prior to commencing the first spray run.
The ATSB did not conduct an on-site investigation into this accident.
|Date:||02 September 2000||Investigation status:||Completed|
|Time:||1640 hours EST|
|Location:||3 km W Bowen, Aero.|
|Release date:||29 May 2001||Occurrence class:||Operational|
|Report status:||Final||Occurrence category:||Accident|
|Highest injury level:||Fatal|
|Aircraft manufacturer||Cessna Aircraft Company|
|Type of operation||Aerial Work|
|Damage to aircraft||Destroyed|
|Departure point||Bowen, QLD|
|Role||Class of licence||Hours on type||Hours total|