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The pilot was flying a night approach to a beach landing area marked by a circle of lights consisting of three motor vehicles and six flashing strobe lights. The approach was flown over water in conditions described as very dark, with no visible horizon below 500 feet altitude. The pilot reported that the approach appeared to be proceeding normally when, at what he thought was about 200 feet altitude, the helicopter suddenly yawed right and struck the water. No fault was found with the helicopter which might have contributed to the accident. Wreckage examination indicated that the helicopter contacted the water while in a right skid and that the main and tail rotors were under power at impact.

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General details
Date: 03 March 1989 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1926  
Location:Comboyuro Point, Moreton Island (022`/42 km Brisbane Airport) Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland  
Release date: 31 July 1989 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Minor 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Aerospatiale Industries 
Aircraft model: AS350 
Aircraft registration: VH-OTV 
Serial number: 1905 
Type of operation: Business 
Sector: Helicopter 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Mt Cootha, Brisbane QLD
Departure time:1905
Destination:Comboyuro Point QLD
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