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The helicopter was being used to drive cattle across a creek, when one beast broke out of the herd. During an attempt to drive it back, the pilot misjudged the clearance between the main rotor disc and the foliage of a large tree. After the tree strike, the machine was still controllable to the extent that it was landed without any further damage. Post-flight inspection revealed that all three main rotor blades were damaged.

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General details
Date: 13 July 1989 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1130 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Location:Lyndhurst Station  
State: Queensland  
Release date: 15 September 1989 Occurrence category: Accident 
Report status: Final Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Hughes Helicopters 
Aircraft model: 269 
Aircraft registration: VH-MZR 
Serial number: 1100995 
Type of operation: Private 
Sector: Helicopter 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Lyndhurst Station QLD
Departure time:N/K
Destination:Lyndhurst Station QLD
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