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The main rotor blades made contact with objects on the deck of the barge and three bystanders were struck by flying debris. The helicopter then fell into the water and subsequently the pilot swam clear of the wreckage. The cause of the accident was that the helicopter was operated in unsafe proximity to the barge.

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General details
Date: 11 October 1974 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1255 EST  
Location:15.5 KM W.N.W. of Townsville Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland Occurrence type: Loss of control 
Release date: 03 November 1975 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Serious 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Bell Helicopter Co 
Aircraft model: 47 
Aircraft registration: VH-PDJ 
Type of operation: Charter 
Sector: Helicopter 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:near Saunders Beach
Departure time:1255
Destination:Saunders Beach
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Last update 13 May 2014