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The pilot was conducting a night cross-country exercise to maintain his recent experience requirements. On final approach he realised that the aircraft was undershooting. Some engine power was applied and the approach was continued but the pilot then saw power lines ahead, too late to take any avoiding action. The aircraft struck the wires and subsequently impacted the ground 211 metres short of the threshold. It came to rest 91 metres further on after colliding with a fence. The wires struck provided power for the airfield lighting, which was extinguished at the time of collision. The power lines struck were 28 feet agl and were 600 metres from the threshold. The pilot had been slow to realise that the undershoot situation was developing and had not taken appropriate action to either regain the normal approach path or to go-around.

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General details
Date: 22 May 1985 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 2015  
Location:Goulburn Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales Occurrence type: Wirestrike 
Release date: 08 August 1985 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-28 
Aircraft registration: VH-IJK 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Bankstown NSW
Departure time:1920
Destination:Goulburn NSW
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