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Following an hour of dual assessment flying, the instructor authorised the student to perform his first solo flight. As soon as the helicopter was lifted into the hover, it began to move to the right. The right skid contacted the ground, the aircraft rolled to the right and came to rest on its side. Although he had been briefed on the different handling characteristics of the aircraft when only one person was on board, the student had evidently not anticipated the degree of change which would occur.

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General details
Date: 29 August 1985 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1253  
Location:Hoxton Park Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales Occurrence type: Loss of control 
Release date: 18 September 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-CIU 
Type of operation: Flying Training 
Sector: Helicopter 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Hoxton Park NSW
Departure time:1253
Destination:Hoxton Park NSW
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