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The pilot was engaged in the spraying of a crop of beans and had successfully completed several spray runs. At the commencement of the next spray run the aircraft flew into powerlines which struck the main landing gear. The aircraft subsequently struck the ground in a steep nose-down attitude, then nosed over and came to rest inverted some 73 metres beyond the point of collision with the wires. The pilot's memory was affected by trauma suffered in the accident and he could not remember details of the wire strike. Consequently, a reason for the wire strike was not established. However, it was noted that the powerlines were oxidised and that the span between the poles was quite long. Both of these factors could have adversely affected the pilot's ability to see the wires against the natural background.

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General details
Date: 21 February 1987 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 0950(aprx)  
Location:44km NW of Thangool Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland Occurrence type: Wirestrike 
Release date: 24 September 1987 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Serious 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 188 
Aircraft registration: VH-HOP 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:8km North of Thangool QLD
Departure time:0950(aprx)
Destination:8km North of Thangool QLD
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