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The pilot reported that he was aware of the location of the three-cable powerline during his spray runs. He had completed three runs under the line and was conducting a clean up run at the opposite end of the paddock when he collided with the wires during a pullup. The wire deflector snapped and the top of the vertical stabilizer and rudder were torn off. The pilot was able to land the aircraft safely. He indicated that he had forgotten about the location of the line when he moved to the other end of the paddock and it was no longer necessary to fly under them.

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General details
Date: 14 December 1990 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1500  
Location:10 km West of Pemberton Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Western Australia Occurrence type: Wirestrike 
Release date: 10 April 1991 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-SUA 
Serial number: 18802973T 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Pemberton WA
Departure time:N/A
Destination:Pemberton WA
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