His plane was left a crumpled mess in a paddock after clipping powerlines but the pilot of this crop duster walked away with just a scratch on his nose …
A PILOT escaped with just a scratch on the nose after his crop duster clipped powerlines and crashed near Home Hill yesterday.
It is understood the 21- year- old man was spraying on Kirknie Rd, 30km southwest of Home Hill, when he clipped powerlines, flipping the aircraft and ditching into a paddock.
A family member said he was safe and in good spirits but declined to comment further.
Emergency crews were called to the property just before 11am yesterday but it is understood the incident occurred about 9.30am.
Police photographed the scene and the Australian Transport Safety Bureau ( ATSB) will now investigate the incident.
“Wire- strike is the major occurrence in the aerial agricultural sector ... we are gathering information at this stage but will investigate the incident,” an ATSB spokesman said.
The incident caused power outages to three properties, with Ergon crews working to fix the problem.
“There were powerlines damaged, the pole was broken, and the impact caused the transformer to come off the pole,” the spokesman said. “There were also several damaged stay wires, which support the pole in the ground.”
Ergon is also investigating the incident in conjunction with the Queensland Electrical Safety Office.
Earlier this month, the ATSB publicly released a report into aviation incidents involving aerial agriculture pilots.
The report presented results of the 24 reported incidents involving aerial agriculture and firefighting operations between May 2014 and April 2015 to coincide with the agriculture season in most of Australia.
ATSB’s reporting and analysis manager Dr Stuart Godley said wire- strike was the most prevalent type of occurrence, with more than half of the total accidents and serious incidents involving a wire strike.
Wire- strike is the major occurrence in the aerial agricultural sector.