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Information provided by the pilot indicated he had planned to land the aircraft in a paddock used by crop dusting aircraft. He contacted the owner of the paddock and determined that it met the requirements for his aircraft. The pilot was advised that a set of powerlines crossed the approach end of the paddock and he requested the owner to park his car underneath these powerlines to mark their location. When the pilot arrived over the strip a car was parked near the approach end where the pilot thought the powerlines were and he assumed the owner had acted on his request. After carrying out an Authorized Landing Area inspection during which he did not sight the powerlines the pilot made a normal approach. He kept well clear of the car but the aircraft collided with the powerlines on late final approach and touched down heavily. Information provided indicated that the owner of the paddock had parked his car more than 20 metres downwind of the powerlines for reasons which were not determined and this had given the pilot the wrong impression of their location. This accident was not the subject of an on scene investigation.

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General details
Date: 01 February 1989 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1530  
Location:10km north-east of Willowie Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: South Australia Occurrence type: Wirestrike 
Release date: 13 April 1989 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 172 
Aircraft registration: VH-IGD 
Serial number: 17270440 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Jamestown SA
Departure time:1500
Destination:10km north-east Willowie SA
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