Aviation safety investigations & reports

Wirestrike - Cessna 210L, VH-AQS, 19 km SW Cootamundra Airport, NSW, 9 February 2011

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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On 9 February 2011, a Cessna 210L aircraft, registered VH‑AQS, departed Temora, for a local low-level survey flight in the vicinity of Junee and Cootamundra, New South Wales.

The survey flight was conducted at 133 ft above ground level. About 1 hour and 20 minutes into the flight, the aircraft struck a powerline, which was strung across a 907 m span over a gully.

Following the collision with the powerline, the pilot diverted to Cootamundra aerodrome and conducted a flapless approach and landing. The pilot reported that the aircraft did not have any control issues following the wirestrike.

As a result of the investigation, the operator has issued a memo to flight crew highlighting the details of the event. The operator has also raised the minimum survey height to 180 ft for high risk survey tasks and will roster more experienced crews on these jobs.

The operator's Chief Pilot has also reiterated to pilots that they are encouraged to raise the survey height if they believe a safety hazard exists.

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General details
Date: 09 February 2011   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: Unknown   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): 19 km SW Cootamundra Airport    
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Wirestrike  
Release date: 12 September 2011   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 210  
Aircraft registration VH-AQS  
Serial number 21059952  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Damage to aircraft Serious  
Departure point Temora, NSW  
Destination Temora, NSW  
Last update 14 November 2018