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Before commencing operations, the pilot had carried out a detailed survey of the area and noted that a power line crossed the particular paddock to be treated. On the second spraying run the pilot temporarily forgot the presence of the power line, and the gear legs collided with the wires. The aircraft subsequently struck the ground in a steep nose-down attitude and cartwheeled for 30 metres before coming to rest with only the cockpit area still intact.

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General details
Date: 12 December 1985 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1245  
Location:14 km NNE Boggabri Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales Occurrence type: Wirestrike 
Release date: 17 November 1987 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Rockwell International 
Aircraft model: S-2 
Aircraft registration: VH-PCE 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:Gunnedah NSW
Departure time:1245
Destination:Boggabri NSW
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