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The pilot reported the aircraft had been flying for about two hours in low-level operations over his property. Shortly after placing the helicopter into a steep climbing turn the engine suffered a complete loss of power at a height of about 150 feet, and an airspeed of 30 knots. The aircraft was over scrub covered terrain. In the resulting forced landing the tail boom was severed by the main rotor and a landing skid was buckled. The pilot said there was an estimated 20 litres of fuel remaining but suspected the engine may have lost power due to fuel starvation as a result of the manoeuvres performed. This accident was not the subject of an on-site investigation. The information contained in this report was supplied by the pilot.

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General details
Date: 01 March 1989 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1530  
Location:"Toorey Plains" 50 nm East of Balranald Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales  
Release date: 03 January 1990  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Bell Helicopter Co 
Aircraft model: 47 
Aircraft registration: VH-KHK 
Serial number: 2022 
Type of operation: Private 
Sector: Helicopter 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:"Toory Plains" NSW
Departure time:1330
Destination:"Toory Plains" NSW
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