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The pilot was engaged in the chemical spraying of several properties in the general vicinity of his own property near Gatton. After completing the spraying of two properties, the pilot began positioning the aircraft in order to spray his own crop. A witness observed the aircraft as it turned to the right and flew at low level beneath power lines across a highway. The aircraft was then seen to bank slightly to the right and strike another set of power lines on the opposite side of the highway. Two of the wires were broken and the third remained entangled with the aircraft. The aircraft struck the ground in an inverted attitude. The power lines struck by the aircraft had been erected about three weeks before the accident. They had been erected at the request of the pilot to service a portion of his property. He had flown under the wires on several occasions in the preceding three weeks.

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General details
Date: 03 January 1983 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1330  
Location:11 km East of Gatton Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland Occurrence type: Wirestrike 
Release date: 27 February 1984 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-PIK 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:Tenthill (3 km S of Gatton)
Departure time:1330
Destination:Tenthill (3 km S of Gatton)
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