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Spraying operations were planned to be conducted on two paddocks. A briefing on the operation was passed to the pilot by telephone by one of the owners of the property the previous evening. The briefing indicated that a particular power line was strung outside the boundary of the smaller of the paddocks, clear of the likely swath run approach path. Based on the information supplied, the pilot drew a map of the area. In fact, the line cut across the corner of the paddock. Before commencing operations, the pilot carried out an aerial inspection of the area. However, he failed to detect the actual position of the power line. While descending for the first run over the paddock, the aircraft struck the line. The impact partially severed the left wing, and a fire broke out behind the engine firewall. The pilot was able to complete a semi-controlled landing in the adjacent paddock, and the fire was extinguished by the ground party.

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General details
Date: 06 February 1986 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 620  
Location:20 km NE Narromine Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales Occurrence type: Wirestrike 
Release date: 24 March 1986 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 188 
Aircraft registration: VH-AIN 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Trangie NSW
Departure time:0620
Destination:Trangie NSW
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