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The pilot reported that the landing area was surrounded by trees. During the takeoff sequence, shortly after the helicopter rose to above treetop level, sink was encountered. The application of full collective pitch did not prevent the helicopter striking the trees.

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General details
Date: 15 June 1990 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1330  
Location:North Head Station (65km SW Georgetown) Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland  
Release date: 06 July 1990  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Robinson Helicopter Co 
Aircraft model: R22 
Aircraft registration: VH-EFK 
Serial number: 705 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:North Head Station QLD
Departure time:N/A
Destination:North Head Station QLD
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