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Prior to the flight the pilot was given details of the paddock in which the glider was located, by the glider pilot. This information included reference to power lines on the western side. An inspection run into the west was performed at 300 feet agl and as a run at a low height towards the east was commenced the landing gear struck a power line suspended 9 metres above the ground. The aircraft struck the ground in a vertical nose down attitude and came to rest inverted. The power line ran obliquely across the paddock from a line of poles paralleling a railway track. There were no supporting poles in the paddock to alert the pilot as to the whereabouts of a power line and he assumed that those running next to the railway were the ones mentioned in the briefing.

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General details
Date: 22 December 1984 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1951  
Location:Dooen, 10 km NE of Horsham Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Victoria Occurrence type: Wirestrike 
Release date: 05 March 1985 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Minor 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-25 
Aircraft registration: VH-SPE 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:Horsham, Vic
Departure time:1943
Destination:Dooen, Vic
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