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The pilot reported that during the initial run over a treatment area, the aircraft struck a power line. The wire deflector folded on impact, allowing the wire to slip between the fin and rudder. The mass balance and the top of the rudder were torn off, but the pilot was able to maintain control and carry out a safe landing.

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General details
Date: 07 January 1989 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 800  
Location:8 kilometres NW of Chinchilla Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland Occurrence type: Wirestrike 
Release date: 17 February 1989 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 188 
Aircraft registration: Vh-KVM 
Serial number: N/K 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:8 km NW Chinchilla QLD
Departure time:N/K
Destination:8 km NW Chinchilla QLD
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