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The pilot advised that the paddock was sprayed in north south runs starting on the eastern side and progressing to the west. After completing the north south spray runs the pilot did not orbit the paddock and re-familiarise himself with the hazards before commencing the clean-up run. Before reaching the end of the clean-up run, he remembered a power line that he was approaching. He pulled up but the main landing gear struck the power line. The aircraft rapidly slowed and the power line broke. The aircraft then crashed through trees and hit the ground. Significant Factors The following factors contributed to the development of the accident: 1. The pilot did not re-familiarise himself with the hazards in the paddock, prior to commencing the clean-up run. 2. The pilot forgot about the existence of a power line until it was too late to avoid it.
General details
Date: 17 August 1993 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 13:30 EST  
 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
 Occurrence type: Wirestrike 
Release date: 11 October 1993 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-25-235 
Aircraft registration: VH-PPS 
Sector: Piston 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:Bungeet (25km N Benalla) VIC
Destination:Bungeet VIC
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