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The helicopter pilot was being examined by a Civil Aviation Authority Examiner of Airmen for a rappelling endorsement. The helicopter and crew were also involved in rappelling refresher training for police crewmen. While the helicopter was in a stable hover at 80 feet AGL over an obstacle free area and in ideal weather conditions, two trained crewmen rappelled from the helicopter. Both crewmen departed the helicopter simultaneously but the crewman on the right side misjudged the time for braking before ground contact and struck the ground heavily.

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General details
Date: 13 September 1988 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1430  
Location:Essendon Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Victoria Occurrence type: Miscellaneous - Other 
Release date: 05 April 1989 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Serious 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Aerospatiale Industries 
Aircraft model: SA365 
Aircraft registration: VH-PVF 
Serial number: 5042 
Type of operation: Flying Training 
Sector: Helicopter 
Damage to aircraft: Nil 
Departure point:Essendon VIC
Departure time:1422
Destination:Essendon VIC
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