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The task of spraying a cotton crop was nearing completion. The time for a scheduled radio call was approaching, and on checking his watch the pilot found a need to alter its setting. He also checked the amount of spray liquid remaining in the hopper. As a result of these distractions, he momentarily relaxed his vigilance in regard to a powerline obstruction located at the end of the spray run. As he approached the powerline he took action to gain altitude, but the main landing gear struck the wires causing the aircraft to land heavily in an adjacent paddock.

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General details
Date: 07 March 1988 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1759  
Location:Bowenville (24 km WNW Oakey) Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland Occurrence type: Wirestrike 
Release date: 31 March 1988 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 188 
Aircraft registration: VH-FJT 
Serial number: 188-03319T 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Kupunn QLD
Departure time:1723
Destination:Kupunn QLD
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