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The pilot was assisting stockmen to move cattle through a gate when one animal broke away. While manoeuvring to cut off the escaping animal, the helicopter struck a single wire power line which traversed the area. The power line was approximately 11 metres above ground level at the point where the collision occurred. The impact caused the main rotor to sever the tailboom and the helicopter fell to the ground and caught fire. The pilot was aware of the location of the power line and had been working in close proximity to it prior to the accident. This occurrence was not the subject of an on-site investigation. The information was provided by witnesses to the accident.

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General details
Date: 05 April 1989 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 830  
Location:Bunda Bunda Station (85 km NE Julia Creek) Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland Occurrence type: Wirestrike 
Release date: 04 July 1989 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Serious 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Robinson Helicopter Co 
Aircraft model: R22 
Aircraft registration: VH-HBD 
Serial number: 488 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Sector: Helicopter 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:Bunda Bunda Station QLD
Departure time:0730
Destination:Bunda Bunda Station QLD
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