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The pilot had been operating into the landing area for approximately two weeks during which time there had been little wind. On the day of the accident there was a strong wind blowing. The aircraft was close to all up weight and the density altitude was about 3500 feet when the pilot attempted to make a downwind approach to the landing area. The aircraft collided with the ground at approximately 40 knots, the impact causing the skids to to be torn off. The helicopter continued to fly after the impact so the pilot returned to his base camp about five kilometres away, and hovered the aircraft whilst the passengers disembarked. He then landed the helicopter on a specially prepared pad.

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General details
Date: 15 April 1990 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1530  
Location:300 km E Newman Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Western Australia Occurrence type: Hard landing 
Release date: 18 July 1990 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Bell Helicopter Co 
Aircraft model: 206 
Aircraft registration: VH-WCF 
Serial number: 3134 
Type of operation: Charter 
Sector: Helicopter 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:300 km E Newman WA
Departure time:1525
Destination:300 km E Newman WA
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