ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 145369
Last updated: 21 September 2014
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Date:01-MAY-2012
Time:09:31 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic PA25 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-25-235/A9 Pawnee
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: VH-GWS
C/n / msn: 25-2490
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Denhams Road, Hallston, about 20 km N of Leongatha, Victoria -   Australia
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Nature:Agricultural
Departure airport:a local airstrip near Hallston, VIC
Destination airport:a local airstrip near Hallston, VIC
Narrative:
A Piper PA-25-235/A9 Pawnee (built as PA-25-235 and modified as a PA-25-235/A1, and later A9), registered VH-GWS, was performing agricultural operations, crashed in a farm field near Denhams Road, Hallston, about 20 kilometres north of Leongatha, Victoria, and caught fire. The pilot was killed.

The aircraft likely sustained a partial power loss shortly after takeoff, resulting in an inability to continue climbing or maintain altitude. Damage sustained during the accident and post-impact fire prevented an identification of the specific reasons for the power loss. The ATSB also found that operation of the aircraft over hilly terrain probably limited the pilotís emergency landing options and increased the severity of the terrain impact following engine power loss.

Sources:
1. http://www.atsb.gov.au/publications/investigation_reports/2012/aair/ao-2012-061.aspx
2. http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/more-news/pilot-killed-in-fiery-plane-crash-in-hallston-gippsland/story-fn7x8me2-1226343561728
3. http://www.vicpolicenews.com.au/more-news/9435-fatal-light-plane-crash-at-hallston.html
4. http://www.edcoatescollection.com/ac1/austcl/VH-GWS.html (photo's and info)
5. http://www.atsb.gov.au/media/4123237/ao-2012-061_final.pdf
6. http://www.recreationalflying.com/threads/collision-with-terrain-involving-a-piper-pawnee-near-hallston-victoria-on-1-may-2012.106625/
7. http://www.australianflying.com.au/news/power-loss-likely-in-pawnee-crash-atsb
8. http://ifronline.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/um-aviao-agricola-piper-pawnee-pa-25.html



Photo: ATSB

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
01-May-2012 02:28 RobertMB Added
09-May-2013 06:54 harro Updated [Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
02-May-2014 17:41 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Source, Narrative]
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