Aviation safety investigations & reports

Wirestrike, 25 km WNW of Leongatha Aerodrome, VIC, 25 December 2008, VH-ROO, Cessna 172M

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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On 25 December 2008, at about 0845 Eastern Daylight-saving Time, a Cessna Aircraft Company 172M aircraft, registered VH-ROO, struck a powerline that was located on a property at Kernot, 25 km north-west of Leongatha Aerodrome, Vic.

The aircraft impacted the ground about 100 m from the powerline and caught fire. The pilot, who was the sole occupant, was fatally injured.

Examination of the wreckage did not identify any mechanical defects that would have affected the safe operation of the aircraft.

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General details
Date: 25 December 2008   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 0845 ESuT   Investigation level: Systemic - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): 25 km WNW of Leongatha    
State: Victoria   Occurrence type: Wirestrike  
Release date: 07 May 2009   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 172  
Aircraft registration VH-ROO  
Serial number 17266828  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Woodleigh, Victoria  
Destination Woodleigh, Victoria  
  Crew Passenger Ground Total
Fatal: 1 0 0 1
Total: 1 0 0 1
Last update 03 April 2020