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The pilot was returning to collect passengers he had conveyed to the alighting area some hours previously. This area is bordered by steeply rising ground. Because of wind conditions, the pilot was approaching from a different direction to that normally used. About 1.5 kilometres from the alighting area, the aircraft collided with power lines which were about 29 metres above the water level. The collision severed the top portion of the fin and rudder, however the pilot was able to maintain limited control. The aircraft touched down heavily on the left float, after the pilot had taken action to avoid a dinghy in his path. Although the pilot had operated into the alighting area on a number of occasions, he had been unaware of the presence of the power lines struck by the aircraft.

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General details
Date: 19 December 1987 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1628  
Location:Berowra Waters (25 km N Sydney) Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales Occurrence type: Wirestrike 
Release date: 23 February 1988 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Government Aircraft Factories 
Aircraft model: N22 
Aircraft registration: VH-BRQ 
Serial number: N22B-61 
Type of operation: Charter 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Rose Bay NSW
Departure time:1618
Destination:Berowra Waters NSW
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