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The aircraft was carrying out a survey in a remote area. When last light occurred the aircraft was still some distance from the base camp. The pilot decided to follow a road into the camp. Enroute the engine lost power and an autorotational decent was carried out for a landing on the road. During the landing the left skid struck a low dirt bank and the tail rotor struck the dirt bank on the opposite of the road. Throughout the survey the pilot had used a higher than normal cruise power setting, but had not recalculated the endurance for the higher fuel usage. The engine failed after the fuel became exhausted.

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General details
Date: 06 January 1986 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1746 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Location:10km North of Colson Camp  
State: Northern Territory  
Release date: 01 May 1986 Occurrence category: Accident 
Report status: Final Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Bell Helicopter Co 
Aircraft model: 47 
Aircraft registration: VH-OCT 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Sector: Helicopter 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Colson Camp NT (215km NE of Oodnadatta SA)
Departure time:1746
Destination:Colson Camp NT
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