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Weather conditions were fine with a strong South-Easterly wind blowing, greater than 20 knots. The latter portion of the instructional flight consisted of practice auto rotational approaches and landings. The entry height for the manouevre was progressively reduced each time until the final entry at 100 feet above ground level and 60 knots indicated airspeed. The low rotor RPM warning horn sounded after entry into the descent. At about 30 feet altitude, both pilots became aware of a very high rate of descent. The instructor took control to ensure a level attitude at touchdown but he was unable to avoid a heavy landing. The main rotor severed the tail boom and the helicopter rolled over onto its right side. Both pilots climbed out of the left doorway.

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General details
Date: 20 June 1990 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1535  
Location:Caloundra Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland Occurrence type: Hard landing 
Release date: 31 July 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-KHI 
Serial number: 167 
Type of operation: Flying Training 
Sector: Helicopter 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Caloundra QLD
Departure time:N/K
Destination:Caloundra QLD
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