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The pilot reported that a power loss occurred as the aircraft climbed through an altitude of about 35 feet. The subsequent forced landing was made onto newly cultivated ground, the skids dug in, and all four skid legs were bent. On exiting the aircraft, the pilot noted a strong smell of what he considered to be burnt clutch linings. An inspection of the aircraft revealed a worn clutch. Although the clutch was still within serviceability limits, it is considered possible that some slippage occurred which resulted in the loss of power to the rotor system. This accident was not the subject of an on-site investigation.

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General details
Date: 23 January 1987 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: N/K  
Location:8 km East of Ayr Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland  
Release date: 23 February 1988  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Hiller Aviation 
Aircraft model: UH-12 
Aircraft registration: VH-HJW 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:8 km East of Ayr QLD
Departure time:N/K
Destination:8 km East of Ayr QLD
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