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As the final sequence of a licence test flight the examiner requested the pilot to carry out a normal autorotative landing from circuit height. The aircraft was flared slightly high, recovered but subsequently contacted the ground in a tail low attitude. It then bounced forward and the tail boom was severed by the main rotor. The aircraft flight manual specifies that touchdown following an autorotative descent must be made with the landing skids level. On this occasion touchdown was made on the heels of the skids, and the resulting oscillations of the aircraft allowed the main rotor blades to sail and strike the tail boom.

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General details
Date: 04 March 1985 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1151  
Location:Camden Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales Occurrence type: Hard landing 
Release date: 07 August 1985 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Robinson Helicopter Co 
Aircraft model: R22 
Aircraft registration: VH-UXT 
Type of operation: Flying Training 
Sector: Helicopter 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Camden NSW
Departure time:1151
Destination:Camden NSW
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