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On arrival at the property, the pilot landed the aircraft in front of the homestead. A short time later he departed with the property owner on board for a cattle spotting flight. On returning to land, again in front of the homestead, the aircraft hit a single powerline, pitched nose up and fell to the ground inverted. The pilot stated that he was not aware of the presence of the powerline prior to colliding with it.

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General details
Date: 29 August 1987 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 815 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Location:Meriman Station (150 km SW Longreach) Occurrence type:Wirestrike 
State: Queensland Occurrence class: Operational 
Release date: 24 September 1987 Occurrence category: Accident 
Report status: Final Highest injury level: Minor 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Unknown 
Aircraft model: Drifter XP 503 
Aircraft registration: Not registered 
Serial number: N/K 
Type of operation: Sports Aviation 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Meriman Station QLD
Departure time:0815
Destination:Meriman Station QLD
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