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The helicopter was engaged in the mustering of feral pigs for a cull. After descending the helicopter to follow the pigs into a cleared area, the pilot noticed that more power was required to fly the aircraft. The aircraft was immediately returned to base and landed, where an inspection revealed damage to the leading edge of both rotor blades. The damage was consistent with the blades striking small branches of trees. The pilot reported that neither he nor his passenger had been aware of the helicopter striking any objects.

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General details
Date: 17 September 1987 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1430  
Location:Emu Park (approx 65 km W Hay) Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales  
Release date: 15 December 1987  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Bell Helicopter Co 
Aircraft model: 47 
Aircraft registration: VH-KHK 
Serial number: 2022^ 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Sector: Helicopter 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Isy-Coed (approx 65 km W Hay) NSW
Departure time:1430
Destination:Isy-Coed NSW
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