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The aircraft was engaged in spraying a cotton crop. The spray runs were being flown into the west in the late afternoon. About three-quarters of the way into the treatment area a power line crossed the swath path at right angles . The line was carried on poles about 300 metres apart, and the aircraft had crossed under or over the line on about 8 occasions. With the sun shining directly into his eyes, the pilot found it difficult to see the markers. While concentrating on lining up the swath run, he temporarily forgot the presence of the power line. The aircraft collided with the cables and subsequently struck the ground in a steep nose-down attitude 57 metres beyond the run of the lines. The pilot sustained serious burn injuries in the post-impact fire which gutted the aircraft.

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General details
Date: 02 January 1986 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1800 apprx  
Location:25 km NW Gunnedah Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales Occurrence type: Wirestrike 
Release date: 20 February 1986 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Serious 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 188 
Aircraft registration: VH-TZK 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:"Avondale", Carroll NSW
Departure time:1800 apprx
Destination:"Avondale", Carroll NSW
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