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The pilot, who had limited experience on the Bell 47, attempted to bring the aircraft to a quick stop at approximately 50 feet above ground level. During the manoeuvre the cyclic control reached its forward stop. The pilot lowered the collective control in an attempt to recover the situation however his inexperience caused him to lose full control of the aircraft. The tail rotor struck the ground before the pilot was able to regain control. The subsequent landing was heavier than normal.

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General details
Date: 21 January 1990 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1200  
Location:20 km west, Nicholson Station Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Western Australia Occurrence type: Loss of control 
Release date: 28 February 1990 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Bell Helicopter Co 
Aircraft model: 47 
Aircraft registration: VH-SJA 
Serial number: 7828 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Sector: Helicopter 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Nicholson Station WA
Departure time:1130
Destination:Nicholson Station WA
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