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The pilot commenced spraying operations before the ground markers had taken up their positions. As he approached the starting point for the first run he glanced towards the markers to check their progress towards their assigned places. The pilot then looked forward and suddenly realised he had temporarily forgotten the presence of a power line which crossed the paddock. Evasive action was taken, however the top of the rudder struck the wire and was severed. Control of the aircraft was maintained and a safe landing was subsequently made.

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General details
Date: 26 January 1985 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 900  
Location:10 km NW of Jimbour Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland Occurrence type: Wirestrike 
Release date: 27 March 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-IEQ 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Dalby QLD
Departure time:0900
Destination:Dalby QLD
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