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The pilot-in-command was carrying out flying training for the purpose of endorsing another commercial pilot on the aircraft type. He was demonstrating tail rotor emergency procedures by simulating a tail rotor failure using right pedal, with the intention of making an approach and run-on landing into a cleared area. He was not happy with the approach so went around and repeated the exercise. He again set the aircraft into the simulated tail rotor failure configuration, and continued the approach using about twenty degrees of left drift to maintain direction. At approximately ten feet above ground level he reduced power, and slowed the aircraft for the run-on landing. The aircraft, which was still drifting to the left, experienced a rapid sink rate and contacted the ground with its skids. It then rolled to the left and cartwheeled around its nose before coming to rest lying on its right hand side, facing back along the approach path. This accident was not the subject of an on-scene investigation.

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General details
Date: 01 August 1989 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1230  
Location:2 km south of Alice Springs Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Northern Territory Occurrence type: Hard landing 
Release date: 15 January 1990 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-KKJ 
Serial number: 800952 
Type of operation: Flying Training 
Sector: Helicopter 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Alice Springs NT
Departure time:1200
Destination:Alice Springs NT
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