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Collision with terrain - Air Tractor, VH-ODP, 5 km north-east of Wickepin, WA, 3 October 2009

Investigation number:
AO-2009-060
Status: Completed
Investigation completed

Summary

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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   Investigation level: Complex - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): 5 km north-east of Wickepin    
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 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  
Last update 14 November 2018