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Preliminary report released 5 January 2009

At about 1115 Central Daylight-saving Time on 19 November 2008, a pilot and two linesmen were operating a McDonnell Douglas 369D helicopter, registered VH-PLJ, to test a high-voltage powerline between Mannum and Mobilong, SA. While manoeuvring to test a conductor joint, the helicopter's main rotors struck a conductor and impacted the ground. One linesman was fatally injured and the other sustained minor injuries, while the pilot sustained serious injuries.

 
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