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The pilot had completed his last spray run and had pulled up into a procedure turn to make a clean-up run. He was aware of two power lines, one running parallel to the spray run and the other at an angle to the first. He was intent on avoiding the line at an angle to his run but struck the other as he positioned for the clean-up run. Visibility at the time was reduced in light rain. The line hit the right wingtip and windshield wirecutter. Thw wirecutter bent under the load and the wire broke the windscreen and tore off the top of the cockpit before it separated. The pilot was able to recover the aircraft without further damage.

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General details
Date: 06 August 1988 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1130 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Location:25 km WNW Port Lincoln Occurrence type:Wirestrike 
State: South Australia Occurrence class: Operational 
Release date: 26 August 1988 Occurrence category: Accident 
Report status: Final Highest injury level: None 
 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-25 
Aircraft registration: VH-FBN 
Serial number: 25-3166 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:35 km WNW Port Lincoln SA
Departure time:1125
Destination:35 km WNW Port Lincoln SA
 
 
 
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