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As the pilot was overflying the Rangers Cottage, he noticed two rangers run out, waving frantically. Believing they required assistance he landed the helicopter in the nearby car park. The rangers approached the helicopter and urged the pilot to move the helicopter as they were about to commence blasting. In his haste to clear the area the pilot overpitched the rotor blades. He attempted to land the helicopter on an access road but the main rotor blade struck a tall shrub, the aircraft yawed to the left and the tail rotor collided with the base of the bush before the helicopter landed. This accident was not the subject of an on-site investigation.

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General details
Date: 18 April 1986 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1530  
Location:Ormiston Gorge, 118km West of Alice Springs Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Northern Territory  
Release date: 12 May 1987  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Hughes Helicopters 
Aircraft model: 269 
Aircraft registration: VH-KKJ 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Sector: Helicopter 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Glen Helen NT
Departure time:1530
Destination:Glen Helen NT
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