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The pilot was conducting the first spray run for the day when the aircraft collided with three high tension power lines. One wire was severed by the windscreen mounted wire cutter, but the two remaining wires ran over the cockpit and severed the top of the vertical stabiliser. These actions slowed the aircraft significantly, causing it to descend into the crop. The pilot was fatally injured.

It was reported that the pilot did not conduct an examination of the area to be sprayed prior to commencing the first spray run.

The ATSB did not conduct an on-site investigation into this accident.

General details
Date: 02 September 2000 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1640 hours EST  
Location   (show map):3 km W Bowen, Aero. Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland Occurrence type: Wirestrike 
Release date: 29 May 2001 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-JRL 
Serial number: T18803931T 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:Bowen, QLD
Destination:Bowen, QLD
Crew details
RoleClass of licenceHours on typeHours total
Fatal: 1001
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Last update 13 May 2014