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The pilot was flying the helicopter along a ridge line checking a gully for cattle, when the engine suffered a substantial loss of power. The pilot initiated an autorotational descent as the engine failed completely. The helicopter landed heavily in the base of the gully. The pilot was aware that there was little fuel remaining in the tank. However he elected to continue and ensure the security of the mob before last light, so that additional herding would not be necessary the next day. The helicopter was being operated at a low height and airspeed, over unsuitable terrain at the time the fuel was exhausted.

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General details
Date: 07 September 1984 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: N/K  
Location:12 km NNW Mt Farquhar Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Western Australia  
Release date: 20 March 1985  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Serious 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Robinson Helicopter Co 
Aircraft model: R22 
Aircraft registration: VH-UXK 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Sector: Helicopter 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:Mt Farquhar WA
Departure time:N/K
Destination:Mt Farquhar WA
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