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The helicopter was being operated from a clearing in flat, tree covered terrain. It was heading into wind and had reached a height of about one metre after lift-off when it suddenly swung to the right and moved backwards. The tail skid and rotor struck the ground and the helicopter swung further right. The main rotor blades then contacted the ground and the helicopter rolled on to its side. The pilot reported that a local whirlwind had caught the helicopter just after lift-off. Overnight rain had prevented the tell-tale dust plume from developing. This accident was not the subject of an on-site investigation.

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General details
Date: 10 November 1988 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1230 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Location:Vanrook Station (135 km NE Normanton) Occurrence type:Hard landing 
State: Queensland Occurrence class: Operational 
Release date: 06 February 1989 Occurrence category: Accident 
Report status: Final Highest injury level: None 
 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Robinson Helicopter Co 
Aircraft model: R22 
Aircraft registration: VH-HAP 
Serial number: R-22-600 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Sector: Helicopter 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Vanrook Station
Departure time:1230
Destination:Vanrook Station
 
 
 
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