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The helicopter was hovering at about 100 feet agl when the engine stopped. A heavy landing followed. The pilot reported that he knew the aircraft normally had an endurance of approximately 220 minutes. On this flight he had been operating for 210 minutes, the task was almost completed and the refuelling point was a short distance away. He continued for a short time with the fuel gauges indicating empty in order to complete the task. The engine failed over an area of trees and the subsequent manoeuvring and flight to the closest open area resulted in insufficient rotor RPM being available to complete an autorotative landing.

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General details
Date: 23 October 1984 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 530  
Location:Miranda Downs, 80 km NE of Normanton Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland  
Release date: 27 March 1985  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Minor 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Bell Helicopter Co 
Aircraft model: 47 
Aircraft registration: VH-BHQ 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Sector: Helicopter 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Miranda Downs QLD
Departure time:0530
Destination:Miranda Downs QLD
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