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The pilot was supporting a survey team in the field and was positioning to pick up some team members. The landing site chosen had been used to drop off the team members and although level, it was situated on a rocky knob in a gully. The wind at the time was about twenty knots and gusting from the South-East. The pilot initiated an approach into wind, but elected to fly the aircraft partially sideways to overcome what he described as restricted visibility from the cockpit. Just before touchdown the gusty wind caused the tail to swing and the tail rotor struck a small cairn of rocks. The tail rotor, tail boom and drive train were damaged.

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General details
Date: 22 June 1990 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1030 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Location:Whistle Duck Creek (70km E Wauchope NT)  
State: Northern Territory  
Release date: 03 August 1990 Occurrence category: Accident 
Report status: Final Highest injury level: None 
 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Aerospatiale Industries 
Aircraft model: AS350 
Aircraft registration: VH-SRB 
Serial number: 1106 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Sector: Helicopter 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:N/K
Departure time:N/K
Destination:N/K
 
 
 
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