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The pilot had landed the helicopter in a clearing in order to refuel from drums carried in the aircraft. During the subsequent take-off into the strong wind prevailing, downdraft was experienced as the aircraft approached a heavily timbered area. A turn was carried out to avoid the trees but the combined effects of the downdraft and the downwind turn resulted in the helicopter touching down heavily. The impact forced the landing skids rearwards, bending the associated vertical support members.

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General details
Date: 13 March 1985 Investigation status: Completed 
Location:146 km NE of Charleville Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland Occurrence type: Hard landing 
Release date: 15 May 1985 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Hiller Aviation 
Aircraft model: UH-12 
Aircraft registration: VH-FFT 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:146 km NE of Charleville
Departure time:0
Destination:Boxland Station QLD (120 km NW of Roma QLD)
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