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Following receipt of advice that the aircraft had failed to return from a no-sar, no-details flight, searchers found the wreckage washed up on the edge of a lake. A power line 20 metres above the lake surface and about 1.5 km from the wreckage had been de-braided over a two metre length. The aircraft had struck the power line, which severed the right canard, a section of the right wing and the propeller blades. The aircraft struck the water and the main wreckage floated to the shore of the lake. The investigation did not reveal any fault with the aircraft that could have contributed to the accident and no operational reasons could be found for the aircraft having been flown at low level over the lake.

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General details
Date: 03 July 1983 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1340  
Location:Lake Cataract Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales Occurrence type: Wirestrike 
Release date: 01 May 1984 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Fatal 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Rutan Aircraft Factory 
Aircraft model: VariEze 
Aircraft registration: VH-EZM 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:Albion Park NSW
Departure time:1340
Destination:Bankstown NSW
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