Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna A188-A1, VH-KVM, 5 kilometres NE of MacAlister QLD, 11 January 1989

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot reported that a single power line was strung diagonally across the treatment area. A number of runs had been conducted under the wire. At about the mid-span of the wire between the supporting poles, the aircraft struck the wire. The wire deflector failed, allowing the wire to slip between the fin and rudder. The mass balance and the top of the rudder were severed, but the pilot maintained control and subsequently landed without further incident.

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General details
Date: 11 January 1989   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1330    
Location: 5 kilometres NE of MacAlister    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Wirestrike  
Release date: 17 February 1989   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 188  
Aircraft registration VH-KVM  
Serial number N/K  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point 5 km NE MacAlister QLD  
Departure time N/K  
Destination 5 km NE MacAlister QLD