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The pilot reported that he had flown into the landing area earlier in the day and had noted the position of a power line. On the accident flight, he approached to land from a different direction and encountered another wire which he had not been aware of. He lost control of the helicopter when a main rotor blade contacted the wire.

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General details
Date: 24 May 1990 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1645  
Location:Richmond Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland Occurrence type: Wirestrike 
Release date: 30 May 1990 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Minor 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Hughes Helicopters 
Aircraft model: 269 
Aircraft registration: VH-MQI 
Serial number: 580858 
Type of operation: Business 
Sector: Helicopter 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Richmond QLD
Departure time:N/K
Destination:Richmond QLD
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