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As the aircraft neared the water it was levelled and full collective pitch was applied to cushion the touchdown. The aircraft struck the water at a forward speed estimated to be 20 knots, the nose pitched down into the 6 feet deep water and the aircraft overturned. After leaving the aircraft both pilots noticed that the wind was now easterly at about 5 knots.
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General details
Date: 06 December 1970 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1221 EST  
Location:Lake Wellington Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Victoria Occurrence type: Hard landing 
Release date: 16 June 1971 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Sikorsky Aircraft 
Aircraft model: S-62 
Aircraft registration: VH-ANE 
Type of operation: Business 
Sector: Helicopter 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Longford
Departure time:1124
Destination:Lake Wellington
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