Aviation safety investigations & reports

Wirestrike Piper PA-25/235 Pawnee, VH-AGL, Bullarto South, Vic, 7 June 1969

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The aircraft took off from Ballarat and arrived In the spraying area fifteen to twenty minutes later. The pilot was familiar with the field, having sprayed it the previous day, and he commenced spraying on this occasion with an east to west run on the southern side of a main power line which crosses the field. He made his second run In the opposite direction, still on the southern side of the main power line, and then proceeded to spray a four acre paddock a short distance away. On returning to the first field he made a spray run from east to west on the northern side of the main power line. During this run he looked back to check the drift of the spray and the aircraft struck a three wire spur power line running north from the main power line approximately half way along the run. The flight of the aircraft was arrested and It struck the ground nose first and then fell to the inverted position. A fire broke out and the pilot was assisted from the burning wreckage by two farmers.
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General details
Date: 07 June 1969   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1045 EST    
Location: Bullarto South    
State: Victoria   Occurrence type: Wirestrike  
Release date: 28 November 1969   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Serious  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Piper Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model PA-25  
Aircraft registration VH-AGL  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Ballarat, Vic  
Departure time 1015  
Destination Ballarat, Vic  
Last update 13 May 2014