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The helicopter was weaving back and forth driving cattle. Height was about 30 ft and airspeed about 25 kt. The pilot heard a loud bang and believed the engine had failed. An autorotation was carried out into trees. The cause of the loud bang and the power loss reported by the pilot could not be determined. There was no suitable area available for the subsequent autorotational landing initiated by the pilot.

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General details
Date: 03 May 1983 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 840  
Location:40 Km East of Emerald QLD. Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland  
Release date: 08 March 1984  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Minor 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Hughes Helicopters 
Aircraft model: 269 
Aircraft registration: VH-CHN 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Sector: Helicopter 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:River-Lea Station
Departure time:0840
Destination:Riverside Station
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