Aviation safety investigations & reports

De Havilland DH-82A, VH-BFW, Alberton (8 km South of Yarram) VIC, 7 February 1985

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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After a short flight in the local area the pilot made a long low final approach towards the intended landing point. During the approach the pilot temporarily forgot that powerlines crossed the flight path. The aircraft collided with the wires, which were 68 feet agl, and struck the ground in a vertical nose-down attitude about 800 metres from the landing area.

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General details
Date: 07 February 1985   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1520    
Location: Alberton (8 km South of Yarram)    
State: Victoria   Occurrence type: Wirestrike  
Release date: 17 May 1985   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Serious  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer de Havilland Aircraft Pty Ltd  
Aircraft model DH-82  
Aircraft registration VH-BFW  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Alberton VIC  
Departure time 1515  
Destination Alberton VIC  
Last update 13 May 2014