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The pilot had been hired to ferry the aircraft to the operator in Western Australia and had landed to refuel at Elliot. While on the ground, he agreed to deliver a box to the Wave Hill police station and stowed it, unrestrained, on top of a jerry can in the unoccupied seat. The aircraft was reportedly fitted with permanently installed dual controls. On approach to land at Wave Hill Station, the box shifted, fell onto a swag on the floor and restricted the movement of the cyclic control. The pilot was thus unable to manoeuvre to avoid a cattle crate stand and the tail rotor struck one of the rails. The helicopter then landed heavily on its skids.

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General details
Date: 16 June 1990 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: N/K  
Location:Wave Hill Station Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Northern Territory  
Release date: 03 August 1990  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Robinson Helicopter Co 
Aircraft model: R22 
Aircraft registration: VH-HEU 
Serial number: 187 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Sector: Helicopter 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Elliot NT
Departure time:N/K
Destination:Wave Hill Station NT
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