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The pilot reported that, while mustering an animal which had broken from the mob, one of the skids came into contact with the animal. This caused the helicopter to roll and strike the ground causing the tail boom to be severed and destroying the main rotor blades. The muster was being conducted in open country, with no trees in the area. The pilot had evidently allowed the aircraft to descend to an unsafe height during his attempts to return the particular animal to the mob. This accident was not the subject of an on-site investigation.

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General details
Date: 25 April 1989 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1220 EST Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Location:Lake Nash Station (160 km West of Mt Isa) Occurrence type:Animal strike 
State: Queensland Occurrence class: Environment 
Release date: 01 May 1989 Occurrence category: Accident 
Report status: Final Highest injury level: None 
 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Hughes Helicopters 
Aircraft model: 269 
Aircraft registration: VH-UOB 
Serial number: N/K 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Sector: Helicopter 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Lake Nash Station QLD
Departure time:N/K
Destination:Lake Nash Station QLD
 
 
 
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