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The pilot conducted an aerial survey of the property to be sprayed. He observed main power lines running from east to west, and a spur power line running north to the homestead. During the final clean-up run of the paddock, whilst flying from west to east, the aircraft's fin struck the spur power line which was across the flight path, and had been forgotten by the pilot. The wire strike severed the top of the fin and rudder which resulted in the aircraft impacting the ground and coming to rest 90 metres from the power line.

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General details
Date: 02 June 1989 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1155  
Location:"Weddinview" Moombooldool Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales Occurrence type: Wirestrike 
Release date: 04 June 1990 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Serious 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 188 
Aircraft registration: VH-UWK 
Serial number: 18802586-T 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:"Weddinview" NSW
Departure time:1140
Destination:"Weddinview" NSW
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