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The pilot had sprayed the paddock using a series of runs in an east-west direction, parallel to power lines along the property boundary. He then decided to do a clean-up run in a north-south direction, but forgot about the presence of the power lines. During the pull-up at the end of the run the aircraft flew into the wires and subsequently struck the ground heavily 219 metres further on.

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General details
Date: 15 March 1985 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 745  
Location:30 km North Jondaryan Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland Occurrence type: Wirestrike 
Release date: 20 May 1985 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Minor 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Grumman American Aviation Corp 
Aircraft model: G-164 
Aircraft registration: VH-SLK 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Toowoomba QLD
Departure time:0745
Destination:Toowoomba QLD
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