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On 9 February 2011, a Cessna 210L aircraft, registered VH‑AQS, departed Temora, for a local low-level survey flight in the vicinity of Junee and Cootamundra, New South Wales.

The survey flight was conducted at 133 ft above ground level. About 1 hour and 20 minutes into the flight, the aircraft struck a powerline, which was strung across a 907 m span over a gully.

Following the collision with the powerline, the pilot diverted to Cootamundra aerodrome and conducted a flapless approach and landing. The pilot reported that the aircraft did not have any control issues following the wirestrike.

As a result of the investigation, the operator has issued a memo to flight crew highlighting the details of the event. The operator has also raised the minimum survey height to 180 ft for high risk survey tasks and will roster more experienced crews on these jobs.

The operator's Chief Pilot has also reiterated to pilots that they are encouraged to raise the survey height if they believe a safety hazard exists.

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General details
Date: 09 February 2011 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: Unknown Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Location   (show map):19 km SW Cootamundra Airport Occurrence type:Wirestrike 
State: New South Wales Occurrence class: Operational 
Release date: 12 September 2011 Occurrence category: Accident 
Report status: Final Highest injury level: None 
 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 210 
Aircraft registration: VH-AQS 
Serial number: 21059952 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Damage to aircraft: Serious 
Departure point:Temora, NSW
Destination:Temora, NSW
 
 
 
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