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Cattle were being mustered from open country with the helicopter operating at 15 to 20 feet agl in wind gusting to 25 kt. At the completion of one downwind run the trainee flared instead of turning into wind. The main rotor blades overpitched and the helicopter struck the ground heavily, tail down, before the instructor could recover control of the situation.

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General details
Date: 14 June 1984 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: N/K  
Location:"Bamboo" Outstation, Aurukun Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland Occurrence type: Hard landing 
Release date: 06 March 1985 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Hiller Aviation 
Aircraft model: UH-12 
Aircraft registration: VH-FBQ 
Type of operation: Flying Training 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:"Bamboo" Outstation QLD
Departure time:N/K
Destination:"Bamboo" Outstation QLD
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