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After helping to herd cattle to a yard, the pilot turned the helicopter and accelerated away adjacent to a creek. The helicopter struck a powerline, which crossed the creek at right angles, and impacted the ground on its right side. One of the main rotor blades bounced backwards into the cabin and almost severed the pilot's right foot. The powerline was difficult to see against the background of the surrounding countryside. The pilot, who has no memory of the accident, was aware of the location of the powerline but now believes he must have temporarily forgotten about its presence.

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General details
Date: 22 June 1985 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1015 (Aprx)  
Location:66 km SE of Charters Towers Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland Occurrence type: Wirestrike 
Release date: 31 January 1986 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Serious 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Robinson Helicopter Co 
Aircraft model: R22 
Aircraft registration: VH-HBL 
Type of operation: Private 
Sector: Helicopter 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:St Pauls Station Homestead QLD
Departure time:1015 (Aprx)
Destination:St Pauls Station Homestead QLD
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