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The aircraft had launched a glider from Tocumwal and was proceeding to Jerilderie Aerodrome to pick up another glider that had outlanded there. Enroute the tow cable was dropped at a strip and the aircraft landed to retrieve the cable which was placed in the back of the aircraft. The aircraft then departed the strip and was flown at low level towards Jerilderie. It subsequently struck two powerlines and dived into the ground, impacting 27 metres beyond the powerlines. The aircraft overturned before coming to rest 34 metres beyond the initial point of ground impact. The passenger was assisted from the wreckage by a passing motorist, however, before the pilot could be evacuated the wreckage burst into flames and further assistance was rendered impossible.

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General details
Date: 03 January 1988 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1657  
Location:"Woodlands" 14 km NNE Finley Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales Occurrence type: Wirestrike 
Release date: 08 January 1988 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Fatal 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Bellanca Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: 8 
Aircraft registration: VH-ADP 
Serial number: 241-77 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:Tocumwal NSW
Departure time:1610
Destination:Jerilderie NSW
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