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The pilot was attempting to bring the helicopter to a hover in the lee of a hill, but found that there was insufficient power to arrest the rate of descent. The aircraft struck the ground and rolled over. The pilot reported that the conditions were very windy. The helicopter was reported to have been operating normally prior to the accident. The pilot stated that in attempting to arrest the rate of descent he had inadvertently overpitched the rotors at an altitude from which recovery was not possible. This accident was not the subject of an on-site investigation.

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General details
Date: 11 April 1987 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: N/K  
Location:Maitland Downs, 130km NW of Cairns Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland Occurrence type: Collision with terrain 
Release date: 24 June 1987 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Hughes Helicopters 
Aircraft model: 269 
Aircraft registration: VH-HFC 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Sector: Helicopter 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Maitland Downs QLD
Departure time:N/K
Destination:Maitland Downs QLD
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