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The pilot had been soaring in wave conditions, when sink was encountered and an outlanding became necessary. The field initially selected was obstructed by a power line and the pilot manoeuvred towards another area. On late final approach the aircraft collided with a single strand power line and subsequently struck the ground heavily. The pilot later advised that he had seen a pole supporting the line but had thought it was aligned in another direction. The large distance between the poles supporting the power line reduced the possibility of the pilot being able to accurately assess the direction of the line.

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General details
Date: 19 January 1986 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1225  
Location:8 km West Ross Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Tasmania Occurrence type: Wirestrike 
Release date: 16 April 1986 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Edmund Schneider Limited 
Aircraft model: ES-60 
Aircraft registration: VH-GYT 
Type of operation: Gliding 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Woodbury TAS
Departure time:1225
Destination:Woodbury TAS
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