Aviation safety investigations & reports

Piper PA 25-235, VH-PIK, 11 km East of Gatton QLD, 3 January 1983

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Status: Completed
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The pilot was engaged in the chemical spraying of several properties in the general vicinity of his own property near Gatton. After completing the spraying of two properties, the pilot began positioning the aircraft in order to spray his own crop. A witness observed the aircraft as it turned to the right and flew at low level beneath power lines across a highway. The aircraft was then seen to bank slightly to the right and strike another set of power lines on the opposite side of the highway. Two of the wires were broken and the third remained entangled with the aircraft. The aircraft struck the ground in an inverted attitude. The power lines struck by the aircraft had been erected about three weeks before the accident. They had been erected at the request of the pilot to service a portion of his property. He had flown under the wires on several occasions in the preceding three weeks.

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General details
Date: 03 January 1983   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1330    
Location: 11 km East of Gatton    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Wirestrike  
Release date: 27 February 1984   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Piper Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model PA-25  
Aircraft registration VH-PIK  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Tenthill (3 km S of Gatton)  
Departure time 1330  
Destination Tenthill (3 km S of Gatton)  
Last update 13 May 2014