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The aircraft took off from Ballarat and arrived In the spraying area fifteen to twenty minutes later. The pilot was familiar with the field, having sprayed it the previous day, and he commenced spraying on this occasion with an east to west run on the southern side of a main power line which crosses the field. He made his second run In the opposite direction, still on the southern side of the main power line, and then proceeded to spray a four acre paddock a short distance away. On returning to the first field he made a spray run from east to west on the northern side of the main power line. During this run he looked back to check the drift of the spray and the aircraft struck a three wire spur power line running north from the main power line approximately half way along the run. The flight of the aircraft was arrested and It struck the ground nose first and then fell to the inverted position. A fire broke out and the pilot was assisted from the burning wreckage by two farmers.
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General details
Date: 07 June 1969 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1045 EST  
Location:Bullarto South Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Victoria Occurrence type: Wirestrike 
Release date: 28 November 1969 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-AGL 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:Ballarat, Vic
Departure time:1015
Destination:Ballarat, Vic
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