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The aircraft had been flown on the morning of the accident from Coonabarabran to the agricultural strip at "Lumley", near Coonamble, to engage in spraying operations. Finding that the loader had not arrived, the pilot decided to take off and look for the vehicle with the object of directing the driver to the strip. At about this time the driver was entering the "Lumley" property and the pilot flew low over the loader in the direction of the airstrip. He did not see the power transmission lines across the flight path of the aircraft at a height of some 30 feet above the ground until the aircraft was about to strike them. The aircraft contacted the wires with the main undercarriage, decelerated and struck the ground with the nose and right wing before coming to rest inverted. Fire broke out immediately on ground impact but the pilot was able to evacuate the aircraft before it was destroyed by fire.

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General details
Date: 06 August 1969 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 0930 EST  
Location:NE of Coonamble Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales Occurrence type: Wirestrike 
Release date: 15 April 1970 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Serious 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-25 
Aircraft registration: VH-PIR 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:Lumley Ag Strip
Destination:Lumley Ag Strip
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