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The pilot was familiar with the area and had been given instructions by the property owner that he was to fly spray runs parallel to rows in the crop. The pilot misinterpreted these instructions which resulted in him flying parallel to the eastern boundary of the area rather than the western boundary. He then became partly disoriented with respect to the position of a single wire power line. The right wing of the aircraft struck the wire and the outer 120cm of the leading edge of the wing was lost. The rudder was also damaged by the wire. The pilot was able to retain control of the aircraft and landed without further incident. The pilot reported that the early morning light conditions were less than ideal for seeing wires.

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General details
Date: 22 November 1989 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 615  
Location:16 km North of Dalby Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland Occurrence type: Wirestrike 
Release date: 15 January 1990 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-FJT 
Serial number: 188-03319T 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Dalby QLD
Departure time:N/K
Destination:Dalby QLD
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