Aviation safety investigations & reports

Collision with terrain involving a Air Tractor Inc AT-301, VH-FAA, 20km NE Millmerran, QLD on 17 April 1995

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot had completed two thirds of the task of spraying a field of cotton which was bounded by a road and powerlines at one end. The pilot had been flying under the wires and had kept a watch for traffic along the road. On what turned out to be his last pass, he again lined up to fly under the wires. As he approached the wires he saw a truck travelling along the road, on a collision course with his aircraft. Trees had obstructed the truck from view. As the pilot took avoiding action, the right mainwheel of the aircraft struck the road surface. The right main gear was bent backwards. The pilot flew his damaged aircraft to the airstrip and landed. At a slow speed it ground looped and came to rest without any further damage.
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General details
Date: 17 April 1995   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 15:50 EST    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
Release date: 24 April 1995   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final    

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Air Tractor Inc  
Aircraft model AT-301  
Aircraft registration VH-FAA  
Sector Piston  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Millmerran QLD  
Destination Millmerran QLD