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The pilot planned to visit a friend and land in a paddock at his property. He noticed the wind direction and speed from wind patterns on the sea, then commenced a survey of the property to find a suitable landing area. He noticed three power lines across the selected paddock, but failed to see a fourth. He then descended from 500 ft above ground level (AGL) to 100 ft AGL for a better look at the intended landing area, then continued the descent to about 25 ft AGL to check the surface conditions. The fourth power line suddenly appeared across the path of the aircraft, and with no time to take avoiding action the aircraft struck the wire with the propeller and windscreen, causing it to pitch nose down and impact the ground. The emergency locator beacon (ELB) activated and was heard by an overflying regular public transport (RPT) aircraft.
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General details
Date: 22 January 1995 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 16:06 CSuT  
 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
 Occurrence type: Wirestrike 
Release date: 25 January 1995 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Minor 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 170B 
Aircraft registration: VH-YAR 
Sector: Piston 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Maitland SA
Destination:Marion Bay SA
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