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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 216482
Last updated: 26 November 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic AT3P model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Air Tractor AT-301
Registration: VH-FAQ
MSN: 301-0209
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Minor
Location:Freeling, SA -   Australia
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:Freeling, SA
Destination airport:Freeling, SA
Investigating agency: BASI
The pilot was spraying a pea crop in calm conditions. A high voltage powerline was strung above a fence bounding one side of the paddock being treated. The pilot knew of its presence and could see it clearly during the spray runs. At the end of the sixth run prior to making the procedure turn, the pilot felt a slight jolt and was surprised when he saw the powerline collapse. The aircraft's deflector wire contacted the powerline and guided it over the fuselage until it was severed by the deflector wire rear attachment bracket on top of the fin. The pilot advised that he misjudged the clearance between the fence and the powerline and later inspection revealed that the line was hung lower than is usually the case.


Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: BASI
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report
Other occurrences involving this aircraft

28 Sep 1986 VH-FAQ 0 Freeling, SA min
13 Aug 1995 VH-FAQ 0 48km WSW of Cleve, SA min
9 Oct 1998 VH-FAQ 0 10km SE of Crystal Brook, SA w/o

Revision history:

21-Oct-2018 02:09 Pineapple Added

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