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At 1153 Western Standard Time on 3 October 2009, the pilot of an Air Tractor Inc. 502 aircraft, registered VH-ODP, took off from an agricultural airstrip on a property about 5 km north-east of Wickepin, Western Australia to conduct agricultural spraying operations. A short time later, the owner of the property discovered the wreckage of the aircraft, which had impacted the ground in an inverted attitude, fatally injuring the pilot.

There were no witnesses to the accident; however, the investigation determined that the aircraft had made contact with the upper branches of a tall tree prior to impact with the terrain.

The investigation did not identify any organisational or systemic issues that might adversely affect the future safety of aviation operations.

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Preliminary Report Released 30 October 2009

At about 1130 Western Standard Time on 3 October 2009, the pilot of an Air Tractor Inc. AT-502 aircraft, registered VH-ODP, took off from a paddock on a property about 5 km north-east of Wickepin, WA to conduct agricultural spraying operations. A short time later, the owner of the property discovered the wreckage of the aircraft, which had impacted the ground in an inverted attitude, fatally injuring the pilot. There were no witnesses to the accident.

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General details
Date: 03 October 2009 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 12:00 WST  
Location   (show map):5 km north-east of Wickepin Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Western Australia Occurrence type: Collision with terrain 
Release date: 23 February 2011 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Fatal 
 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Air Tractor Inc 
Aircraft model: AT502 
Aircraft registration: VH-ODP 
Serial number: 502-0056 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Damage to aircraft: Serious 
 
 
 
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