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At the conclusion of an aerobatic display the pilot performed an inverted circuit, rolling upright as the strip was sighted on final. On short final the aircraft descended below the desired flight path and the pilot applied power. The aircraft responded but the right gear leg caught on a power line 5 metres agl and 330 metres from the threshold. The aircraft struck the ground in a steep nose down attitude and came to rest inverted. The inverted circuit had been conducted at between 50 and 100 feet above the tops of the trees.

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General details
Date: 02 December 1984 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 0859  
Location:Emkaytee (30 km SE of Darwin) Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Northern Territory Occurrence type: Wirestrike 
Release date: 28 May 1985 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Pitts Aviation Enterprises 
Aircraft model: S-1 
Aircraft registration: VH-IGZ 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:Darwin NT
Departure time:832
Destination:Emkaytee NT
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