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The pilot was mustering cattle towards a crush. The last animal was reluctant to enter the gate into the crush, and the pilot flew low and behind the animal to encourage it to move. The front of the left landing skid caught under the top wire of the adjacent fence. The aircraft pitched forward and struck the tubular steel crush before coming to rest on its side. Visibility was reduced by dust. The accident occurred during a period of high pilot workload and eleven and one half hours after the pilot had commenced work for the day.

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General details
Date: 16 December 1986 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1830  
Location:55 km NE Bourke Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales  
Release date: 11 March 1988  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Serious 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Hughes Helicopters 
Aircraft model: 269 
Aircraft registration: VH-JMY 
Type of operation: Private 
Sector: Helicopter 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:Corella Station NSW
Departure time:1830
Destination:Corella Station NSW
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