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The aircraft was one of two being used to muster a large paddock, and was being operated by an experienced mustering pilot with a trainee mustering pilot on board. At the completion of the paddock muster, the aircraft was carrying out yard up operations which required manoeuvres at low altitudes. Whilst chasing a breakaway beast, the pilot turned tightly and a main rotor blade contacted the ground. The aircraft tumbled forward and came to rest on its side. It is probable that the pilot was concentrating his attention on the escaping beast and did not pay sufficient attention to flying his aircraft.

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General details
Date: 31 July 1989 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1430  
Location:Larry's Lake 37kmm NE Victoria River Downs Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Northern Territory Occurrence type: Loss of control 
Release date: 28 February 1990 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Bell Helicopter Co 
Aircraft model: 47 
Aircraft registration: VH-CSJ 
Serial number: 2653 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Sector: Helicopter 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Larry's Lake NT
Departure time:N/A
Destination:Larry's Lake NT
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