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The aircraft was being used to assess the effects of recent heavy rain and associated flooding in the area. The wreckage of the aircraft was found several hours after DEPARTURE, directly below an array of power lines which spanned a river valley. The aircraft had collided with the lines at about 265 feet above ground level, before striking the ground in a vertically nosedown attitude. It was determined that the pilot had flown in the vicinity of the power lines on numerous occasions. Where the lines crossed the river, the distance between the supporting towers was 934 metres. Hazard markers were attached to the lines, but they were small and inconspicuous. It was likely that on this flight, the pilot had been directing his attention to the flood damage, and had overlooked the presence of the wires.

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General details
Date: 10 August 1986 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: N/K  
Location:24 km WNW Bathurst Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales Occurrence type: Wirestrike 
Release date: 19 November 1986 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Fatal 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Unknown 
Aircraft model: Gemini Thruster 
Aircraft registration: Not registered 
Type of operation: Sports Aviation 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:"Arion" Station NSW
Departure time:N/K
Destination:"Arion" Station NSW
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