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Early in the day the pilot flew the aircraft from Mudgee to the airstrip situated about 4 mile south of the property on which superphosphate was to be spread. The weather was fine, the wind was calm and visibility was unrestricted. Although the pilot did not carry out a ground or aerial inspection of the property prior to commencing operations, nor did he obtain a specific briefing regarding the location of power lines on the property, he had carried out similar operations on this property periodically during the previous five years. As the aircraft approached the power line it banked to the right, apparently to follow the change in boundary direction and the raised left wing tip struck the cables resulting in a portion of the wing leading edge and upper surface fabric being detached. The aircraft slewed and rolled to the left and struck the ground In an inverted attitude 460 feet beyond the power line where it came to rest against a post and wire fence. A fierce fire occurred immediately.
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General details
Date: 18 March 1973 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 0715 EST  
Location:Mudgee Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales Occurrence type: Wirestrike 
Release date: 02 September 1974 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Fatal 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-25 
Aircraft registration: VH-PEP 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:Agricultural Airstrip
Departure time:0710
Destination:Agricultural Airstrip
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