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A mains power failure affected several properties along the Leichhardt River. The Far North Queensland Electricity Board (FNQEB) chartered a helicopter to conduct an aerial patrol along the affected power line. At about 1530 the pilot of the helicopter found a break in a single wire earth return (SWER) line to Floraville station homestead where it crossed the Leichhardt River. Debris, later identified as parts of a Pitts Special aircraft, was found downstream from the break. A 280 m span aligned 080/260 degrees M had been breached. The broken ends were flung into trees on the banks of the river.

Several days later, the wreckage of the aircraft was located by police divers. It had come to rest upside down in about 6 m of water, approximately 160 m downstream from and north of the wire strike.

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General details
Date: 06 February 1998 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 0900 EST  
Location   (show map):Floraville Station Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland Occurrence type: Wirestrike 
Release date: 03 March 1998 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Fatal 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Pitts Aviation Enterprises 
Aircraft model: S-2 
Aircraft registration: VH-DAF 
Serial number: 2224 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:Proa Station, Qld
Departure time:0645 EST
Destination:Burketown, Qld
Crew details
RoleClass of licenceHours on typeHours total
Fatal: 1102
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