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Upon arriving in the area to be sprayed, the pilot carried out an airborne inspection and located the obstacles, including a powerline beside a road just outside the eastern boundary. Three wheat paddocks adjoining each other were to be sprayed. The first spray run was about one and a half kilometres long in an easterly direction. During the run the pilot concentrated on the drift of the herbicide spray and forgot about the power line. He saw the wires a split second before impact. The aircraft struck the north/south power line and severed one of three wires before crashing inverted into the ground about 80 metres beyond the road. Weather conditions at the time were fine and ideal for spraying. This accident was not the subject of a formal on scene investigation.

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General details
Date: 27 September 1989 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 855 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Location:5 km S of Lillimur Occurrence type:Wirestrike 
State: Victoria Occurrence class: Operational 
Release date: 15 November 1989 Occurrence category: Accident 
Report status: Final Highest injury level: None 
 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-25 
Aircraft registration: VH-PFF 
Serial number: 25-2093 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:Kaniva VIC
Departure time:0835
Destination:Lillimur VIC
 
 
 
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