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On the day of the accident, the pilot had ferried the helicopter from Scone to Tomalla Station. He conducted an aerial inspection with the station manager, before commencement of blackberry spraying activities. The accident occurred during the 14th spray flight whilst the pilot was attempting to fly the helicopter between two large trees. The pilot lost control of the helicopter when the main rotor blades struck branches of one of the trees. The helicopter impacted the ground heavily and soon after the pilot vacated the cabin, a fire started which destroyed the helicopter. The pilot said there was sufficeint clearance for the helicopter to pass safely between the trees.

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General details
Date: 03 May 1990 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1330  
Location:Tomalla Station, 65 kms N.E of Scone Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales  
Release date: 23 July 1990  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Serious 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Bell Helicopter Co 
Aircraft model: 47 
Aircraft registration: VH-JRF 
Serial number: 3286 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Sector: Helicopter 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:Tomalla Station NSW
Departure time:1245
Destination:Tomalla Station NSW
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