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Shortly after take-off, when at a height of about 150-200 feet and at a speed approaching 60 knots, the engine power warning light came on accompanied by the sound of the audio warning signal. A few seconds later there was a complete loss of engine power and the pilot placed the aircraft into an auto-rotation descent. The aircraft sank through the layer of fog, which left moisture on the windscreen, and emerged from the base at a high rate of descent. In the limited time available, the pilot flared the aircraft, applied full collective pitch and attempted to level the aircraft for a run-on landing, but it struck the ground heavily and the main rotor blades severed the tall boom. The aircraft then slid along the wet grass surface for about 76 metres and came to rest in a normal attitude, facing 90 degrees to the left of the landing direction.
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General details
Date: 03 October 1974 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 0731 EST  
Location:Longford Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Victoria Occurrence type: Hard landing 
Release date: 10 September 1975 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Bell Helicopter Co 
Aircraft model: 205 
Aircraft registration: VH-UHP 
Type of operation: Charter 
Sector: Helicopter 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Longford Helipad
Departure time:0730
Destination:Ktngftsh "A" Oil Rig
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