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The pilot was conducting spraying operations over an irregularly shaped paddock. Power lines were located along two sides of the paddock. At the end of a clean-up run conducted parallel to one set of the lines, the aircraft struck and severed two wires which crossed its path. It then yawed sharply and collided with the other wires, before impacting the ground in a steep nosedown attitude. During the ensuing short ground slide both the engine and the rubber fuel tank were torn out. The pilot later advised that he had been aware of the power lines, but had temporarily overlooked their presence.

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General details
Date: 29 November 1986 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 745  
Location:21 km West Horsham Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Victoria Occurrence type: Wirestrike 
Release date: 12 May 1987 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Minor 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-25 
Aircraft registration: VH-SKJ 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:Horsham VIC
Departure time:0745
Destination:Horsham VIC
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