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During the initial climb after take-off, before the translational lift was obtained, the check pilot closed the throttle to simulate an engine failure. The aircraft touched down heavily on the rear of the left pop-out float and pitched forward onto the right float. It then rolled backwards bending the rear of the tail boom, which was then severed by the main rotor. The crew shut the helicopter down before evacuating the aircraft. The pilot under check attempted to arrest the descent rate too early with collective. The check pilot attempted too correct this but was unable to do so prior to ground contact.

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General details
Date: 12 March 1986 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: N/A  
Location:Adelaide Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: South Australia  
Release date: 12 November 1986  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Bell Helicopter Co 
Aircraft model: 206 
Aircraft registration: VH-BHY 
Type of operation: Private 
Sector: Helicopter 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Adelaide SA
Departure time:N/A
Destination:Adelaide SA
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