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The pilot intended landing in a paddock to inspect the results of recent spraying. He was aware of a power line well beyond the intended landing area. Sheep obstructed all of the paddock but the pilot hesitated in going round. Having temporarily forgotten about the power line, he then saw it too late to climb over and the top of the fin was severed as the aircraft was flown under the wire. The impact jammed the rudder, however the pilot was able to carry out a safe landing in the adjoining paddock.

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General details
Date: 26 December 1984 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1335  
Location:Glenaubyn', 32 Km NW of Miles Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland Occurrence type: Wirestrike 
Release date: 05 March 1985 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-28 
Aircraft registration: VH-PZC 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Glenaubyn' QLD
Departure time:N/A
Destination:Capella QLD
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