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The pilot was operating from an agricultural airstrip which was aligned north-south. A powerline, approximately 6 m above ground level and located 220 m from the northern threshold, crossed the approach path at an angle of 60 degrees. The pilot elected to take off into the light northerly breeze, flying under the powerline, and to approach over the wires, landing into the south. He determined his descent point by sighting along the run of the powerpoles, the nearest of which was partially obscured by trees. During his third approach to land, the pilot had forgotten the powerline until sighting it as it was about to pass under the aircraft nose. He applied full throttle and raised the aircraft nose too late to prevent the main landing gear from contacting the powerline. The aircraft impacted the ground in a near-level attitude, 108 m from the point of contact with the powerline, and travelled a further 29 m before coming to rest. Both cables of the powerline were dislodged from 9 poles, 1 of which was broken. One cable was broken, but remained caught in the left main landing gear. The pilot vacated the aircraft as a fire quickly spread from the engine area to the wings and fuselage.

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General details
Date: 25 October 1990 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1040  
Location:Tawarri' 10 km SE Deniliquin Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales Occurrence type: Wirestrike 
Release date: 09 October 1991 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Minor 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Rockwell International 
Aircraft model: S-2 
Aircraft registration: VH-DQI 
Serial number: 1974R 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:Tawarri' NSW
Departure time:1034
Destination:Tawarri' NSW
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