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The student was making his second solo flight. During the approach to land the student realised the helicopter was above the desired approach path. He elected to land on the grass surface a short distance beyond the helipad as he has been taught. The wind was blowing at 10 to 15 knots from the northeast, with the landing conducted in an east south east direction. The pilot said he began to enter the hover and turn the helicopter to the left, into wind. The aircraft continued the left turn, during which it began to move rearwards. The tail skid dug into the landing surface, resulting in the helicopter rolling to the left and striking the ground.

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General details
Date: 16 February 1990 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1451  
Location:Bankstown Airport Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales Occurrence type: Loss of control 
Release date: 24 April 1990 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Robinson Helicopter Co 
Aircraft model: R22 
Aircraft registration: VH-HIG 
Serial number: 291 
Type of operation: Flying Training 
Sector: Helicopter 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Bankstown Airport NSW
Departure time:1445
Destination:Bankstown Airport NSW
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