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The pilot was on the final leg of a competition gliding exercise, when deteriorating lift made an outlanding necessary. Final approach to the selected paddock was into a 10 to 15 knot wind, but was also towards the setting sun. The pilot had difficulty in seeing ahead because of the sun glare, which was exaggerated by a thin film of dust on the canopy. The pilot failed to see powerlines ahead of the aircraft. Following collision with the wires, the aircraft struck the ground heavily. This accident was not the subject of an on scene investigation.

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General details
Date: 18 January 1987 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 2005  
Location:3.5 km North of Tungamah Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Victoria Occurrence type: Wirestrike 
Release date: 13 April 1987 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Glaser-Dirks 
Aircraft model: DG-300 
Aircraft registration: ZK-GSS 
Type of operation: Gliding 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Benalla VIC
Departure time:1200
Destination:Benalla VIC
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