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The pilot, who was the general manager of the irrigation property on which the accident occurred, and his passenger, who was the farm manager of the same property, were on an inspection flight to observe accumulations of water from recent rain. The aircraft circled and manoeuvred over various sections of the property at a height of about 500 feet for approximately fifteen minutes and was then seen to make a shallow descent towards the homestead buildings. It flew towards a position where two employees were working adjacent to the property workshop and at a height of some 28 feet while still approaching the workshop area, it struck power cables. The forward movement of the aircraft was retarded, it nosed up steeply, then rolled to the left and dived to the ground steeply nose down. Several seconds after impact, the aircraft burst into flames and was completely destroyed by fire.
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General details
Date: 24 September 1970 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1507 EST  
Location:Narromine Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales Occurrence type: Wirestrike 
Release date: 22 March 1971 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Fatal 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-28 
Aircraft registration: VH-PTD 
Serial number: 159 
Type of operation: Private 
Departure point:Narromine
Departure time:1450
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