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The aircraft had been engaged in spraying cotton fields in generally turbulent flying conditions. Power lines crossed one end of the area at an angle of about 20 degrees to the direction of the swath runs. At their lowest point, these wires were about 10 metres above the ground. The pilot reported that as he approached the power lines, intending to fly underneath at the lowest point, the aircraft ballooned upwards in turbulence. Despite corrective action the cockpit mounted wire deflector struck the lines. The deflector was broken and much of the fin and rudder was torn from the aircraft, which subsequently impacted the ground about 800 metres from the power line.

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General details
Date: 05 April 1986 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 0700 aprx  
Location:Merah North (17 Km West Wee Waa) Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales Occurrence type: Wirestrike 
Release date: 30 May 1986 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Air Tractor Inc 
Aircraft model: AT301 
Aircraft registration: VH-FRP 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Strip 13 km West Wee Waa NSW
Departure time:0700 aprx
Destination:13 km West Wee Waa NSW
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