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The pilot had been carrying out a series of joy flights at a rural field day. Refuelling was taking place from 200 litre drums, which had been placed in the shade of a large tree. On the second occasion that fuel was required, the pilot hover taxied to the drums, which were rolled out of the way on completion of the refuelling. As the pilot started to hover taxy again, the helicopter suddenly rose higher than anticipated and the main rotor struck the overhanging branches of the tree. One rotor blade de-laminated, severe vibration occurred, and the helicopter struck the ground heavily. With the helicopter hover taxying two feet above the ground, there was only three feet of clearance between the rotor blades and the tree branches. The reason the helicopter rose sharply and struck the branches was not determined, but may have been the result of a wind gust.

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General details
Date: 01 March 1986 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: N/A  
Location:Narellan Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales  
Release date: 22 April 1986  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: The Enstrom Helicopter Corporation 
Aircraft model: F-28 
Aircraft registration: VH-IPE 
Type of operation: Charter 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Narellan NSW
Departure time:N/A
Destination:Narellan NSW
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