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The aircraft was to spray a paddock of rice with a non-toxic herbicide. The pilot carried out an aerial survey of the area prior to commencing the spraying. During the survey he noted that a spur powerline ran to a pole at the north-eastern corner of the paddock, and mistakenly assumed that the line ended at the pole. No other information about the area to be treated was obtained. As the aircraft approached from the north to commence the first spray run it struck the continuation of the powerline which was strung above the northern boundary of the paddock. The aircraft remained airborne, dragging between 200 and 300 metres of powerline, and was subsequently landed in a wheat stubble paddock.

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General details
Date: 16 December 1987 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 625 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Location:28 km South-east of Griffith Occurrence type:Wirestrike 
State: New South Wales Occurrence class: Operational 
Release date: 02 March 1988 Occurrence category: Accident 
Report status: Final Highest injury level: None 
 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-25 
Aircraft registration: VH-ALA 
Serial number: 25-3795 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Griffith NSW
Departure time:0615
Destination:Griffith NSW
 
 
 
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