Aviation safety investigations & reports

Wirestrike involving a Cessna Aircraft Company 170B, VH-YAR, Marion Bay, SA on 22 January 1995

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot planned to visit a friend and land in a paddock at his property. He noticed the wind direction and speed from wind patterns on the sea, then commenced a survey of the property to find a suitable landing area. He noticed three power lines across the selected paddock, but failed to see a fourth. He then descended from 500 ft above ground level (AGL) to 100 ft AGL for a better look at the intended landing area, then continued the descent to about 25 ft AGL to check the surface conditions. The fourth power line suddenly appeared across the path of the aircraft, and with no time to take avoiding action the aircraft struck the wire with the propeller and windscreen, causing it to pitch nose down and impact the ground. The emergency locator beacon (ELB) activated and was heard by an overflying regular public transport (RPT) aircraft.
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General details
Date: 22 January 1995   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 16:06 CSuT    
State: South Australia   Occurrence type: Wirestrike  
Release date: 25 January 1995   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Minor  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 170B  
Aircraft registration VH-YAR  
Sector Piston  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Maitland SA  
Destination Marion Bay SA