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The pilot was spraying a potato crop in a paddock which had a power line running along one boundary. Spray runs were conducted at right angles to the wires, and the pilot was flying under the wires on each run. At the end of one run the pilot pulled up, conducted a procedure turn, and was then slightly distracted by noise on his CB radio. While adjusting the squelch on the set, he forgot the presence of the power line and the aircraft struck the wires about 32 feet agl. The aircraft remained under control and the pilot was subsequently able to make a normal landing at his destination strip.

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General details
Date: 13 December 1985 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1140  
Location:18 km NE Koo Wee Rup Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Victoria Occurrence type: Wirestrike 
Release date: 25 February 1986 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 188 
Aircraft registration: VH-UDV 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Nar Nar Goon VIC
Departure time:1140
Destination:Nar Nar Goon VIC
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