The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has released a new safety video highlighting the ever-present dangers of wire strikes to agricultural pilots.
In conjunction with the Aerial Agricultural Association of Australia (AAAA), the video encourages pilots to safeguard against one of the most common causes of wire-strikes—complacency.
‘We all get complacent when we are good at something’ says the ATSB. ‘Around 70 per cent of wire strike accidents happen when the pilot knows where the wires are.’
The ATSB recommends that pilots always maintain discipline to continually refocus on where the wires are during operations and to conduct an aerial survey before the first spray run and again before any clean-up run.
ATSB data recorded 18 wire strikes across Australia in 2014, with eight accidents and 10 serious incidents.
Wire strikes are not specific to agriculture operations either, as Flight Safety Australia reported last year after the fatal crash of a Cessna 182a.
For more safety information on wire strikes, please visit the Civil Aviation Safety Authority’s Wire Strikes Resources page.