Aviation safety investigations & reports

Piper PA25-150, south-east of St. George, Queensland, VH-SCL, 4 January 1969

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot, who was not the holder of an Agricultural Pilot rating, was about to spray a cotton field on his own property. He was attempting a spraying run from the north into the south which required passage over two separate power line arrays to the north of the paddock. The two arrays converged to the east but were separated by 220 feet at the points at which they crossed the flight path, the one closer to the paddock being 26 feet high and the other 18 feet high. The pilot did not make an examination for possible obstructions before spraying, as he was familiar with the area. He believed that the wires were only 40 feet apart on the line of the first spraying run and he approached from the north with adequate clearance over the lower wires then immediately commenced a descent to spraying level. The landing gear assemblies contacted with southern-most power line and the aircraft nosed down and decelerated sharply. Impact with the ground, with virtually no forward velocity, was made on the nose and undercarriage, which collapsed. The aircraft came to rest upright, 150 feet beyond the point of contact with the power line and there was no fire.

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General details
Date: 04 January 1969   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 0630 EST    
Location: Near St George 5SE    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Wirestrike  
Release date: 05 May 1970   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Piper Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model PA-25  
Aircraft registration VH-SCL  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Private strip  
Destination Private strip  
Last update 13 May 2014