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Just after lift off, the pilot initiated a climbing left turn and the helicopter struck a powerline about 120 metres from the take-off point. Control of the helicopter was lost, it impacted the ground and rolled inverted. The occupants were able to evacuate the wreckage before it was destroyed by fire. The pilot was not aware of the existence of the powerline and did not see it during a pre-take off check of the DEPARTURE path. The nearest support pole indicating the existence of the powerline was surrounded by trees and the mottled background afforded a poor contrast for the detection of the wires.

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General details
Date: 06 January 1985 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1100  
Location:"Pasodoble", Hoskinstown (20 km SE Canberra), NSW. Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales Occurrence type: Wirestrike 
Release date: 10 May 1985 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-BHC 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Sector: Helicopter 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:"Pasodoble", NSW.
Departure time:1100
Destination:"Woolcara", NSW. (10 km S "Pasodoble")
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