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The pilot reported that he was turning the helicopter at low level when he was confronted by trees which were higher than he thought. He had to manoeuvre the helicopter harshly to avoid the trees and in the process overpitched the main rotor blades, causing a loss of rotor RPM and thus helicopter performance. As the pilot attempted to land the helicopter in a cleared area, the tail rotor struck a fence. The helicopter yawed left, contacted the ground heavily, and came to rest lying on its side. This accident was not the subject of a formal on-scene investigation.

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General details
Date: 10 October 1989 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1430 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Location:Gamboola Station (185 km NM Mareeba)  
State: Queensland  
Release date: 24 October 1989 Occurrence category: Accident 
Report status: Final Highest injury level: None 
 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Robinson Helicopter Co 
Aircraft model: R22 
Aircraft registration: VH-EFK 
Serial number: 507 
Type of operation: Private 
Sector: Helicopter 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Gamboola Station QLD
Departure time:N/K
Destination:Gamboola Station QLD
 
 
 
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