Aviation safety investigations & reports

Air Tractor AT 301, VH-FRP, Merah North (17 Km West Wee Waa) NSW, 5 April 1986

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The aircraft had been engaged in spraying cotton fields in generally turbulent flying conditions. Power lines crossed one end of the area at an angle of about 20 degrees to the direction of the swath runs. At their lowest point, these wires were about 10 metres above the ground. The pilot reported that as he approached the power lines, intending to fly underneath at the lowest point, the aircraft ballooned upwards in turbulence. Despite corrective action the cockpit mounted wire deflector struck the lines. The deflector was broken and much of the fin and rudder was torn from the aircraft, which subsequently impacted the ground about 800 metres from the power line.

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General details
Date: 05 April 1986   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 0700 aprx    
Location: Merah North (17 Km West Wee Waa)    
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Wirestrike  
Release date: 30 May 1986   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Air Tractor Inc  
Aircraft model AT301  
Aircraft registration VH-FRP  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Strip 13 km West Wee Waa NSW  
Departure time 0700 aprx  
Destination 13 km West Wee Waa NSW