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After take-off, the aircraft circled Moorook and then Kingston -on -Murray after which it headed In a northerly direction until it was again over the Murray River. It then followed the river on a generally westerly heading to Wigley Flat, a small settlement some 22 kilometres east of Waikerie, and, after circling at a low height, continued along the river. As the aircraft followed a bend in the river and was turning to the right, the pilot suddenly saw a power cable immediately ahead but there was insufficient time to take avoiding action before the cable was struck. The aircraft crashed into the river below but the three occupants were able to open the doors and leave the cabin before it sank in deep water.
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General details
Date: 30 November 1974 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1710 CSuT  
Location:Murray River near Waikerie Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: South Australia Occurrence type: Wirestrike 
Release date: 10 June 1975 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Fatal 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 172 
Aircraft registration: VH-RBG 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:Moorook
Departure time:1650
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Last update 13 May 2014