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The pilot reported that a single power line was strung diagonally across the treatment area. A number of runs had been conducted under the wire. At about the mid-span of the wire between the supporting poles, the aircraft struck the wire. The wire deflector failed, allowing the wire to slip between the fin and rudder. The mass balance and the top of the rudder were severed, but the pilot maintained control and subsequently landed without further incident.

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General details
Date: 11 January 1989 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1330  
Location:5 kilometres NE of MacAlister 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:5 km NE MacAlister QLD
Departure time:N/K
Destination:5 km NE MacAlister QLD
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