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The pilot had been spraying a wheat crop for about 30 minutes. He advised that difficulties were encountered with the stabilisation of the spray pressure. While attempting to adjust the pressure control he temporarily forgot the proximity of three high voltage power lines which crossed the crop. The aircraft collided with these lines and pitched down steeply to the ground. Fire broke out on impact and engulfed the wreckage.

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General details
Date: 04 October 1984 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1445  
Location:16 km East ROBINVALE Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Victoria Occurrence type: Wirestrike 
Release date: 03 January 1985 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Minor 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 188 
Aircraft registration: VH-TDJ 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:Meilman Property NSW
Departure time:1445
Destination:Meilman Property NSW
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