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During the final approach over a station dam, the helicopter lost height suddenly in a strong down draft. The right skid hooked under a power line which resulted in the loss of control of the helicopter which crashed upside down at the water's edge. A strong South-Westerly wind pattern was established over the area. The approach path was downwind from a stand of large trees.

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General details
Date: 24 August 1990 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1340  
Location:Laglan Station (100km WNW of Clermont) Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland Occurrence type: Loss of control 
Release date: 13 September 1990 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Serious 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Hughes Helicopters 
Aircraft model: 269 
Aircraft registration: VH-PHU 
Serial number: 790808 
Type of operation: Private 
Sector: Helicopter 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Laglan Station QLD
Departure time:N/K
Destination:Laglan Station QLD
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