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The Pilot was engaged in aerial spraying operations when the aircraft's right main landing gear struck an 11.000 V powerline (3 wires). The aircraft impacted the ground and burst into flames 60 m beyond first contact with the power line. The crash was not survivable.

The pilot had completed spraying 1 previous load on the same paddock and was observed to fly routinely over the powerline on these runs. The aircraft crashed as the second load was almost expended. The sun was 18 degrees above the horizon at the time of the crash. The last spray run was aligned 223 degrees M, 33 degrees left of the sun.

The aircraft struck all 3 strands in a 90 m span, approximately 10 m left of a 7 m power pole. A spur line ran east from the pole to one near an irrigation pump, 50 m away.

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General details
Date: 19 February 1997 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1710 EST  
Location   (show map):57km SW Oakey, Aerodrome Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland Occurrence type: Collision with terrain 
Release date: 09 May 1997 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Fatal 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 188 
Aircraft registration: VH-MXB 
Serial number: 18803433T 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:Tyunga, QLD
Destination:Tyunga, QLD
Crew details
RoleClass of licenceHours on typeHours total
Fatal: 1001
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