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The pilot reported that he had been flying over his farm for about 30 minutes inspecting his crops and livestock. When crossing a road, whilst proceeding to another section of the farm at a altitude of about 30 feet, he remembered the location of a powerline, which was then only 50 metres ahead. He banked the aircraft left to avoid the line, but the left wing hit the top of a tree. Control was lost and the aircraft impacted the ground, coming to rest inverted. The pilot stated that during the flight he had been preoccupied thinking about the several tasks he hoped to complete that day. Consequently he was not giving his full attention to the operation of the aircraft. During the impact sequence the insert plug in the fuel tank became dislodged. This allowed fuel to spill from the tank and drench the pilot.

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General details
Date: 05 September 1987 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 830  
Location:10 km W Beulah Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Victoria  
Release date: 11 March 1988  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Serious 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Thruster Aircraft (Australia) Pty Ltd 
Aircraft model: Gemini 
Aircraft registration: 25-0030 
Serial number: N/K 
Type of operation: Sports Aviation 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:10 km W Beulah VIC
Departure time:800
Destination:10 km W Beulah VIC
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