ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 31217
Last updated: 24 October 2014
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Date:06-NOV-1986
Time:13:30 local
Type:Silhouette image of generic PA25 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-25-235-A1 Pawnee
Owner/operator:Field Air (Benalla) Pty.Ltd
Registration: VH-FAU
C/n / msn: 25-3935
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:11 Km ENE of Hopetown, Victoria -   Australia
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Nature:Agricultural
Departure airport:Hopetown, Victoria
Destination airport:Hopetown, Victoria
Narrative:
On 6 November 1986, the pilot was conducting spraying operations on a pea crop, 11 Km east-north-east of Hopetown, Victoria. Swath runs were being made at right angles to a power line and low trees which were located just beyond the end of the crop. On the final run, the aircraft was flown beneath the power line, but the right wing then struck the top branches of a dead tree.

The aircraft was seen to climb to about 200 feet, before descending steeply and striking the ground some 370 metres beyond the point of collision with the tree. A fierce fire broke out on impact and engulfed the wreckage. Previous swath runs had almost certainly been made with the aircraft passing above the power line.

The reason the pilot chose to fly under the line on the final run could not be established, as there appeared to be no operational reason for this course of action. Expert opinion indicated that after passing below the line, a collision with the tree was virtually inevitable.

Sources:
1. https://www.atsb.gov.au/publications/investigation_reports/1986/aair/aair198601437.aspx
2. http://www.edcoatescollection.com/ac1/austcl/VH-FAU.html
3. https://www.atsb.gov.au/media/27828/aair198601437.pdf


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
26-Apr-2014 22:49 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
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