Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna A188-A1, VH-TZK, 25 km NW Gunnedah NSW, 2 January 1986

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The aircraft was engaged in spraying a cotton crop. The spray runs were being flown into the west in the late afternoon. About three-quarters of the way into the treatment area a power line crossed the swath path at right angles . The line was carried on poles about 300 metres apart, and the aircraft had crossed under or over the line on about 8 occasions. With the sun shining directly into his eyes, the pilot found it difficult to see the markers. While concentrating on lining up the swath run, he temporarily forgot the presence of the power line. The aircraft collided with the cables and subsequently struck the ground in a steep nose-down attitude 57 metres beyond the run of the lines. The pilot sustained serious burn injuries in the post-impact fire which gutted the aircraft.

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General details
Date: 02 January 1986   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1800 apprx    
Location: 25 km NW Gunnedah    
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Wirestrike  
Release date: 20 February 1986   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Serious  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 188  
Aircraft registration VH-TZK  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point "Avondale", Carroll NSW  
Departure time 1800 apprx  
Destination "Avondale", Carroll NSW