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This was the first occasion on which the pilot had sprayed the sugar cane paddock. A briefing and an area map were obtained from the property owner. The pilot conducted a power line inspection and found three lines, all that had been brought to his attention. During the first spray run he noticed sparks at the propeller as an unseen set of three wires was cut. He returned to the takeoff point and found that only the propeller had been damaged. The wires struck had not been seen at all. The relevant poles were hidden in trees on each side of the paddock.
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General details
Date: 09 April 1997 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 7:30 EST Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
 Occurrence type:Wirestrike 
 Occurrence class: Operational 
Release date: 11 April 1997 Occurrence category: Incident 
Report status: Final  
 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Air Tractor Inc 
Aircraft model: AT-301 
Aircraft registration: VH-FEI 
Sector: Piston 
Damage to aircraft: Minor 
Departure point:Ayr QLD
Destination:Ayr QLD
 
 
 
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