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On the pull-up at the end of the first spray run in that particular direction, the aircraft struck a single wire power line. The pilot immediately landed the aircraft in a clear area. During the landing roll the right wheel struck a large rock, which was concealed in long grass, and the right maingear was torn off. The aircraft pitched forward onto the engine and came to rest in a near vertical attitude. Before he commenced treatment of the area, the pilot surveyed it from the air and questioned the owner on the whereabouts of any obstructions. However, he did not check the area from the ground. Although he had been told of the presence of the wire, it was further from the paddock and higher above the ground than he had expected. The span between poles on the section of wire struck by the aircraft was 540 metres.

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General details
Date: 09 June 1985 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1255  
Location:Gurgeena Plateau, 30 km NW of Gayndah Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland Occurrence type: Wirestrike 
Release date: 21 August 1985 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Grumman American Aviation Corp 
Aircraft model: G-164 
Aircraft registration: VH-CCT 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Gurgeena Plateau QLD
Departure time:1255
Destination:Gympie QLD
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