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After landing, the pilot was taxying the aircraft along a marked taxyway between two hangars. Several aircraft were parked in the vicinity, and the pilot taxied at a slightly higher level than normal in order to reduce the effects of downwash. He suddenly noted cables just above eye level, and banked steeply to the left in an effort to avoid a collision. However, the main rotor blades struck and severed the cables, which were a pair of disused Telecom lines strung between the hangars, and both blades then struck the ground. The cables were not marked, and at the point where they crossed the taxyway they were 6.6 metres above the ground.

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General details
Date: 11 August 1986 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1600  
Location:Bankstown Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales Occurrence type: Wirestrike 
Release date: 30 October 1986 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Bell Helicopter Co 
Aircraft model: 47 
Aircraft registration: VH-KHL 
Type of operation: Business 
Sector: Helicopter 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Hoxton Park NSW
Departure time:1600
Destination:Bankstown NSW
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