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The pilot was making a landing approach, to an area not normally used for helicopter operations, at the conclusion of a stock mustering operation. The helicopter collided with a single wire telephone line then landed heavily, rolling onto its side as the skids collapsed. The pilot reported that the wire was normally difficult to see because of age discolouration and the long span between poles. On this occasion he had forgotten that the wire ran through the area and did not see it during the approach. This accident was not the subject of an on-site investigation.

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General details
Date: 22 July 1987 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 850  
Location:Rosella Plains (260 km WNW of Townsville) Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland Occurrence type: Wirestrike 
Release date: 08 September 1987 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Minor 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Hughes Helicopters 
Aircraft model: 269 
Aircraft registration: VH-MZR 
Serial number: 1100995 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Sector: Helicopter 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Rosella Plains QLD
Departure time:0850
Destination:Rosella Plains QLD
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