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The pilot had previously undertaken a dual instructional flight during which he received instruction in, and practised, approaches simulating a jammed tail rotor pedal control. The pilot was then authorised for a solo flight which was to include practice of "jammed pedal" approaches. During one such approach, the skids contacted the ground while the helicopter was not in straight, balanced flight. The helicopter rolled onto its side in an uncontrolled dynamic rollover. Following the accident, the flying school amended its operations manual to preclude solo students practising "jammed pedal" approaches and landings.

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General details
Date: 08 March 1990 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1600  
Location:Caloundra Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland Occurrence type: Collision with terrain 
Release date: 10 May 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-HQX 
Serial number: 8 
Type of operation: Flying Training 
Sector: Helicopter 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:N/A
Departure time:N/A
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