Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna Aircraft Company T188C/A1, VH-JRL

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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.

General details
Date: 02 September 2000   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1640 hours EST    
Location   (show map): 3 km W Bowen, Aero.    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Wirestrike  
Release date: 29 May 2001   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 188  
Aircraft registration VH-JRL  
Serial number T18803931T  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Bowen, QLD  
Destination Bowen, QLD  
Crew details
Role Class of licence Hours on type Hours total
Pilot-in-Command Commercial 10000
  Crew Passenger Ground Total
Fatal: 1 0 0 1
Total: 1 0 0 1
Last update 13 May 2014