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The pilot was carrying out the first spraying run in the particular paddock. Towards the end of the run he was distracted when a large flock of birds suddenly flew up in front of the aircraft. The pilot descended in order to fly under the birds, but temporarily forgot that there was a power line in the vicinity. As he pulled up at the end of the run, the main gear snagged the wire. The wire cutters fitted to the gear did not sever the wire and the aircraft subsequently struck the ground 82 metres beyond the run of the power line.

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General details
Date: 18 November 1985 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1145  
Location:Benerembah, 26 km SW Griffith Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales Occurrence type: Wirestrike 
Release date: 30 January 1986 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Minor 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-36 
Aircraft registration: VH-JND 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Griffith NSW
Departure time:1145
Destination:Griffith NSW
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