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The pilot intended to visit friends at a cottage close to the bank of the Ovens River. On previous trips he - had landed at Yarrawonga and had been driven to the cottage. On such visits he had inspected a paddock, to the west of his friend's cottage, with a view to its use as a landing site. The field was bordered by a row of SEC power wires, aligned north-south, just outside the eastern boundary and a further set of power wires, parallel to these, was located 135 feet to the west, inside the paddock. The wires outside the paddock were prominent by virtue of the number of supporting poles, but those within the paddock were less obvious as the wires were suspended across the approach path, between two poles 511 feet apart. A row of trees was located just inside and parallel to the western boundary and the distance between these trees and the wires in the field was about 2,800 feet. Arriving over the field after the flight from Moorabbin the pilot circled, sighting both sets of wires. With the intention of making a close inspection of the field and thus going around to make a landing he made a full flap approach towards the west. The aircraft cleared the eastern set of wires but the nose wheel leg struck and broke the top cable of the three wires comprising the second set. The aircraft then fell to the ground, nose first, from a height of about 30 feet and overturned.
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General details
Date: 20 February 1972 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1140 EST  
Location:Yarrawonga Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Victoria Occurrence type: Wirestrike 
Release date: 22 November 1972 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Serious 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 175 
Aircraft registration: VH-GWW 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Moorabbin
Departure time:1024
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