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The pilot had operated into the strip two weeks prior to the accident flight, and saw a powerline that had apparently been diverted underground, near one end. After checking with his passengers who were familiar with the area, a landing was made. On this flight a flatter approach was made and the nose leg snagged on the powerline causing the aircraft to impact the ground in a steep nose down attitude. The 10 metre high powerline had been diverted to cross the approach area, above ground, 274 metres from the threshold.

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General details
Date: 06 April 1985 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 735  
Location:Coastal Plains Research Station NT (50 km SE of Darwin) Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Northern Territory Occurrence type: Wirestrike 
Release date: 22 May 1985 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Minor 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 172 
Aircraft registration: VH-PVO 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:Darwin NT
Departure time:0735
Destination:Coastal Plains Research Station NT
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