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On commencing the clean up run, the wire deflector on the aircraft struck a single power line. The top section of both the fin and rudder were severed from the aircraft which was subsequently landed at the DEPARTURE strip without further damage. The pilot had been briefed on the crop to be sprayed and on the location of power lines in and around the paddock. After cleaning up the other edges, the final run was commenced with the aircraft flying parallel to the main power lines. The pilot temporarily forgot the presence of the single wire running from the main line into the paddock.

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General details
Date: 21 February 1985 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1730  
Location:11 km SE of Trangie Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales Occurrence type: Wirestrike 
Release date: 11 June 1985 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-KVK 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:"Burratipi" NSW
Departure time:1730
Destination:"Burratipi" NSW
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