Aviation safety investigations & reports

Wirestrike - Rockwell 114, VH-CSH, Geelong (ALA) Vic., 25 September 2010

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Status: Completed
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On 25 September 2010, the pilot of a Rockwell International 114 aircraft, registered VH-CSH, was conducting a private flight from Moorabbin, along the coast to Lorne, Victoria, then returning to the Geelong aircraft landing area (ALA), with one passenger on board.

The pilot had initially planned to land on runway 36 at Geelong, however on entering the circuit, the pilot observed that the wind direction was more conducive to a landing on runway 27. The pilot was aware that runway 27 had a displaced threshold due to powerlines under the approach path. Consequently, the pilot had planned to touch down just beyond the intersection of runway 09/27 and 18/36.

When on final approach, witnesses observed the aircraft ascend and then descend onto the high-voltage powerlines located east of the runway. The aircraft struck the powerlines and subsequently impacted the ground, just short of the airfield. The pilot sustained serious injuries and the passenger sustained minor injuries. After the occupants exited the aircraft, it caught alight, and sustained serious damage.

Research published by the ATSB in 2006 identified that, despite consideration at the flight planning stage, a reconnaissance of a proposed 'low-flying area', or maintaining a constant lookout, wires are often difficult to detect. The report highlighted that many pilots have a prior knowledge of the presence of wires before they strike them, indicating reasons, other than a lack of awareness, leads to wirestrike accidents and incidents occurring.

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General details
Date: 25 September 2010   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1110 EST   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Geelong (ALA)    
State: Victoria   Occurrence type: Wirestrike  
Release date: 28 January 2011   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Serious  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Rockwell International  
Aircraft model 114  
Aircraft registration VH-CSH  
Serial number 14004  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Serious  
Departure point Moorabbin Vic.  
Destination Geelong Vic.  
Last update 14 November 2018