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The aircraft took off in company with another Cessna 152. Whilst turning to avoid higher terrain north of Kooralbyn, the pilot lost sight of the other aircraft against the setting sun. He rolled his aircraft to maintain physical separation from the other aircraft. In the process he lost control of his aircraft. The pilot next noticed the ground rushing up to meet him and rolled off bank and pulled back on the elevator control. The aircraft passed underneath a powerline and the left wing tip struck the lower of the three wires. The collision with the wire caused the aircraft to flick roll through approximately 180 degrees. The aircraft narrowly missed the ground and trees before the pilot regained control. Despite the obvious visual damage and control difficulties the pilot elected to fly the aircraft to Archerfield. An emergency was not declared and the aircraft was landed safely at the destination. Post flight inspection revealed that about one and a half metres of the leading edge was stripped of the metal skin back to the front spar. The pilot was not endorsed to fly in formation with other aircraft.
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General details
Date: 19 May 1993 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 16:30 EST  
 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
 Occurrence type: Wirestrike 
Release date: 30 August 1994 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 152 
Aircraft registration: VH-JQA 
Sector: Piston 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Kooralbyn
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