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The pilot was conducting a short joy-flight with six passengers from the Sea World complex. About 4 km north of the complex, the helicopter was seen to climb steeply in a near-vertical nose-high attitude. As the helicopter fell backwards from the nose-high attitude, the tail boom was severed by the main rotor blades. The cabin and the separated tail boom fell to ground on the ocean beach of South Stradbroke Island; The main body of the helicopter exploded and caught fire, scattering debris over a wide area. All seven occupants received fatal injuries.

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General details
Date: 03 March 1991 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1401 ESuT  
Location   (show map):South Stradbroke Island Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland Occurrence type: Collision with terrain 
Release date: 20 July 1992 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Fatal 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Bell Helicopter Co 
Aircraft model: 206 
Aircraft registration: VH-TCH 
Serial number: 45209 
Type of operation: Private 
Sector: Helicopter 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:Southport Spit QLD
Destination:Southport Spit QLD
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