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The helicopter was operating just above trees with little forward speed when the engine gradually lost power. The pilot was forced to attempt to land in an area covered with small trees. The engine stopped after the main rotor blades struck foliage and the helicopter fell heavily on its skids, which collapsed. The helicopter subsequently caught fire and was burnt out. Examination of the engine discovered that the number two big-end bearing had failed. It was also noted that the engine was internally damaged by pre-crash overheating and scoring. The reason for this damage could not be determined.

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General details
Date: 14 October 1989 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1245  
Location:65km NW of Gamboola Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland  
Release date: 20 December 1989  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Serious 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Hughes Helicopters 
Aircraft model: 269 
Aircraft registration: VH-FHI 
Serial number: 100877 
Type of operation: Private 
Sector: Helicopter 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:Gamboola QLD
Departure time:N/K
Destination:Gamboola QLD
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