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On 24 December 2006, an Auster J1/A1 aircraft, registered VH-ALO, departed from a private airstrip at Nelson Victoria with the pilot being the sole occupant on board.

During the initial climb out, the aircraft was observed making a low-level right turn towards two hangars where three people were standing to watch the departure.

The aircraft was observed striking powerlines. The aircraft impacted the ground inverted, at a steep angle. The pilot was fatally injured.

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