Aviation safety investigations & reports

Collision with terrain involving a Air Tractor Inc AT-301, VH-FAA, Nangwee, QLD on 21 January 1998

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot reported that on approaching the paddock to be sprayed he did a circuit to observe wires and obstructions. He observed two sets of wires, one set running along a main road and another set running along one side of the paddock to a bore. The pilot decided to carry out some clean up runs along the bore wire first, to make the spray runs on the paddock safer. On the fourth run the pilot was intending to go over the road wires, but the landing gear snagged them, and brought the aircraft down to the ground some distance away. The pilot stated that there was a crop of tall sunflowers growing in the corner of the paddock, which made it too dangerous to go under the wires.
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General details
Date: 21 January 1998   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 9:30 EST    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
Release date: 28 January 1998   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 Hornicks Strip Qld  
Destination Rother's Farm Qld