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An early morning flight was arranged between the owners of the Gipsy Moth VH-UQV and the owner of a Tiger Moth VH-DDA with the intention of photographing the Gipsy Moth from the air. The owner of VH-DDA agreed to fly in the Gipsy Moth and occupy the rear seat whilst the pilot-in-command occupied the front seat. The Tiger Moth was flown by the other owner of the Gipsy Moth. The Gipsy Moth was flown by the rear seat pilot for the first part of the flight. At the completion of the photography, which was conducted in the circuit area at Maitland, the pilot-in-command took control of the aircraft. The aircraft was flown to the north-east of the aerodrome to the Hunter River where it was descended to fly at a low height over the river. With the pilot in-command still at the controls, the aircraft returned to the aerodrome at a height of about 500 feet. After passing the aerodrome southern boundary, the aircraft entered a steep turn to the left. The non-flying pilot in the rear seat reported the aircraft, whilst passing through a north westerly heading, was rolled to the right to avoid a tree. The right wing struck and severed a cable of an 11,000 volt power line causing the aircraft to cartwheel into the ground, within the aerodrome boundary. This accident was not the subject of a formal on scene investigation.

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General details
Date: 22 October 1989 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 554  
Location:Maitland Aerodrome Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales Occurrence type: Wirestrike 
Release date: 29 November 1989 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Serious 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: de Havilland Aircraft Pty Ltd 
Aircraft model: DH-60 
Aircraft registration: VH-UQV 
Serial number: 783 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Maitland NSW
Departure time:0535 approx.
Destination:Maitland NSW
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