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At about 0800 Western Standard Time on 17 November 2009, the pilot of a Cessna Aircraft Company A188B Agwagon, registered VH-ZRR was fatally injured when his aircraft impacted terrain during spraying operations near Kojonup, Western Australia. The aircraft sustained serious damage.

The investigation determined that the aircraft stalled at an altitude from which the pilot was unable to recover before the aircraft impacted terrain.

The investigation identified two safety issues in regards to the supervision of agricultural pilots. The first related to confusion within the aerial application industry concerning the required regulatory authorisation for a pilot that is the supervisor of a pilot holding an Agricultural Pilot (Aeroplane) Rating Grade 2 (Ag 2 pilot). In response to this issue, CASA provided an explanation of the relevant legislative material, which has been reproduced in this report, as well as an undertaking to provide education to industry on this matter. The second safety issue concerned the lack of guidance on the supervision of pilots with an Ag 2 rating. In response CASA has agreed to provide Advisory Circular guidance to industry on how to supervise Ag 2 pilots.

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Report released 25 January 2010

At about 0800 Western Standard Time on 17 November 2009, the pilot of a Cessna Aircraft Company A188B Agwagon was fatally injured when his aircraft impacted terrain while conducting spraying operations near Kojonup, WA. The aircraft was destroyed.

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Safety issues

AO-2009-070-SI-01 - AO-2009-070-SI-02 -  

Regulatory Authorisation to Supervise Agriculture Pilot (Aeroplane) Rating Grade 2 Pilots

Confusion within the aerial application industry concerning the correct authorisation for a supervisor of a pilot with an Agriculture Pilot (Aeroplane) Rating Grade 2 (Ag 2) increases the risk of an inappropriately qualified person supervising such a pilot.

Safety issue details
Issue number:AO-2009-070-SI-01
Who it affects:Supervisors of Ag 2 pilots
Status:Adequately addressed


 

Guidance for supervision of Agriculture Pilot (Aeroplane) Rating Grade 2 Pilots

The lack of guidance material for the supervision of a pilot with an Agriculture Pilot (Aeroplane) Rating Grade 2 increases the risk of inadequate supervision of such a pilot

Safety issue details
Issue number:AO-2009-070-SI-02
Who it affects:Supervisors of Ag 2 pilots
Status:Adequately addressed

 
General details
Date: 17 November 2009 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 0800 WST  
Location   (show map):21 km SE of Kojonup ALA Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Western Australia Occurrence type: Loss of control 
Release date: 26 November 2010 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Fatal 
 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: PZL Warszawa-Okecie 
Aircraft model: 188 
Aircraft registration: VH-ZRR 
Serial number: 18802103T 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Damage to aircraft: Serious 
Departure point:Crossburn Farm Strip
Departure time:0758 WST
Destination:Crossburn Farm Strip
 
Injuries
 CrewPassengerGroundTotal
Fatal: 1001
Total:1001
 
 
 
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