Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna 172N, VH-PVO, Coastal Plains Research Station NT (50 km SE of Darwin), 6 April 1985

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot had operated into the strip two weeks prior to the accident flight, and saw a powerline that had apparently been diverted underground, near one end. After checking with his passengers who were familiar with the area, a landing was made. On this flight a flatter approach was made and the nose leg snagged on the powerline causing the aircraft to impact the ground in a steep nose down attitude. The 10 metre high powerline had been diverted to cross the approach area, above ground, 274 metres from the threshold.

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General details
Date: 06 April 1985   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 735    
Location: Coastal Plains Research Station NT (50 km SE of Darwin)    
State: Northern Territory   Occurrence type: Wirestrike  
Release date: 22 May 1985   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Minor  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 172  
Aircraft registration VH-PVO  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Darwin NT  
Departure time 0735  
Destination Coastal Plains Research Station NT