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The pilot was undertaking his second flight for the day. His intention was to locate some stock on a property and on sighting a flock of sheep he descended to a very low height. While manoeuvring at this height the rotor rpm and airspeed decayed, and the pilot found that the aircraft had insufficient performance to clear a fence. The aircraft struck the fence and cartwheeled. The pilot and the seat/fuel tank were thrown clear of the wreckage, but the pilot sustained severe head injuries when he was struck by a rotor blade, despite the fact he was wearing a crash helmet. The aircraft was not fitted with a tachometer to indicate main rotor rpm, and the pilot had to rely on rotor noise to judge the speed.

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General details
Date: 14 January 1985 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1100 aprx  
Location:1 km South Rylstone Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales  
Release date: 04 November 1985  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Serious 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: JRM Helyplanes 
Aircraft model: Buffier Gyroplane 
Type of operation: Sports Aviation 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:Rylstone NSW
Departure time:1100 aprx
Destination:Rylstone NSW
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