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The aircraft was engaged in an agricultural operation. The pilot having surveyed the property from the air, and received on-site information from an agent on the ground by UHF radio, was aware of the many wires and other obstacles in the area. On the initial swarth run the pilot failed to notice a single wire earth return line suspended between 15 and 18 metres above the ground, with a span of about 1000 metres. The aircraft struck the wire with the landing gear, decelerated rapidly and impacted the ground in a steep nose-down attitude.
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General details
Date: 15 October 1994 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 8:00 CST  
 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
 Occurrence type: Wirestrike 
Release date: 08 February 1996 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Transavia Corp Pty Ltd 
Aircraft model: PL-12 
Aircraft registration: VH-JSS 
Sector: Piston 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
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