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The helicopter hit powerlines while maneuvering between spray runs while spraying a potato crop. After the impact the main rotor severed the tail boom and the helicopter crashed and caught fire.

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General details
Date: 13 January 1995 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1025 ESuT  
Location   (show map):5km S Deloraine Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Tasmania Occurrence type: Wirestrike 
Release date: 19 December 1995 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Fatal 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Hughes Helicopters 
Aircraft model: 269 
Aircraft registration: VH-MHM 
Serial number: 311036 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Sector: Helicopter 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:5 km S Deloraine, TAS
Destination:5 km S Deloraine, TAS
Crew details
RoleClass of licenceHours on typeHours total
Fatal: 1001
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