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The pilot was operating on a Search and Rescue watch manned from the homestead. When the aircraft did not arrive by the appointed hour, the owner of the station conducted an aerial search and found the pilot by the disabled aircraft. The pilot reported that he was attempting to land beside the portable cattle yards when he backed off to avoid the dust clouds thrown up by the main rotor. In doing so, the tail rotor struck a tree obscured by the dust. An immediate landing was initiated but a heavy touchdown resulted. The tail rotor blades separated from the aircraft before the engine was stopped and the tailboom and skids were twisted from the impact with the ground.

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General details
Date: 21 September 1989 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 830  
Location:60 km S Tieyon Station Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: South Australia  
Release date: 20 December 1989  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Robinson Helicopter Co 
Aircraft model: R22 
Aircraft registration: VH-HEU 
Serial number: 187 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Sector: Helicopter 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Tieyon Station SA
Departure time:0730
Destination:Tieyon Station SA
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