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Approaching the destination, the pilot noticed that rain had recently fallen on the strip. The pilot stated that he overflew the strip but wished to ascertain the amount of rain that had fallen before attempting to land. He reported that an inspection run was conducted, however, a strong tailwind component existed and the resulting groundspeed was too high to enable an adequate inspection to be made. A procedure turn onto a reciprocal heading was carried-out, and the aircraft placed in the approach configuration. This inspection run was intended to be flown at a height of about 200 feet above the ground, and additional engine power was introduced as required to compensate for downdraughts. During the inspection the aircraft struck a power line about 20 feet above a road, and subsequently landed heavily on the sloping roadside. Information available at the accident site indicated that the pilot was either landing or preparing to land on the road.

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General details
Date: 16 March 1988 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1810  
Location:Spoonbill Station, 130 km NNW Julia Creek Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland Occurrence type: Wirestrike 
Release date: 06 September 1988 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 206 
Aircraft registration: VH-HIS 
Serial number: U20606348 
Type of operation: Business 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Mt Isa QLD
Departure time:1717
Destination:Spoonbill Station QLD
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