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The pilot was aware of powerlines associated with the treatment area. He had completed spraying one area, and while waiting for the markers to move to the next area he completed two short runs in the vicinity of the powerlines. He became agitated at the length of time it took the markers to get into position, and when he commenced the first long run he had forgotten about a powerline which crossed his flight path. The upper section of the fin struck the wire, resulting in control difficulties for the pilot. He decided to land ahead rather than attempt to return to the authorised landing area. The aircraft passed through two fences before coming to rest nose down in a gully. There is evidence that the pilot was fatigued. This accident was not the subject of an on-site investigation.

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General details
Date: 22 December 1987 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1020  
Location:8 km N Mungindi Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland Occurrence type: Wirestrike 
Release date: 13 May 1988 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Ayres Corporation 
Aircraft model: S2R 
Aircraft registration: VH-HGT 
Serial number: R1820-026DC 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:ALA 8 km W Mungindi QLD
Departure time:0950
Destination:DEPARTURE ALA Mungindi QLD
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