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The pilot had flown the aircraft to Hungerford to attend a Field Day. The following morning he adjusted the aircraft brakes and apparently decided to take the aircraft for a test flight. After taking off from the local racecourse, the aircraft climbed to about 150 feet above the ground before descending to fly just above the tops of the trees. The flight continued at this altitude until the aircraft struck a single wire power line and spun to the ground. The pilot had discussed the presence of the wire with the owner of the aircraft prior to taking off. However, the wire was of small gauge and not easily discernible from the air.

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General details
Date: 03 June 1987 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 825  
Location:Hungerford Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland Occurrence type: Wirestrike 
Release date: 02 December 1987 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Fatal 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Unknown 
Aircraft model: Maxair Drifter 503 
Aircraft registration: Not registered 
Serial number: N/K 
Type of operation: Sports Aviation 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Hungerford QLD
Departure time:0825
Destination:Hungerford QLD
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