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As part of a communications propagation test, personnel were to be positioned in the Oraparinna National Park by helicopter. One person was being lowered by winch when, at about 3 metres below the helicopter and 4 metres above the ground, his harness became detached from the winch hook and he fell to the ground. The reason for the harness becoming detached from the winch hook could not be determined.

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General details
Date: 29 March 1984 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1040  
Location:Sth Mt Hayward, 85 km SSE of Leigh Creek Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: South Australia Occurrence type: Miscellaneous - Other 
Release date: 15 August 1984 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Serious 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Bell Helicopter Co 
Aircraft model: 206 
Aircraft registration: VH-BJX 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Sector: Helicopter 
Damage to aircraft: Nil 
Departure point:"Oraparinna" 102 km SSE of Leigh Creek SA
Departure time:1040
Destination:South Mt Hayward
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