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The pilot and passenger were conducting inspections at various company facilities in the area. They had landed at a drilling site for an inspection which lasted over one hour. After a routine start-up and lift-off to a low hover, the helicopter commenced to move forward but the main rotor blades struck the ground. The pilot considered that he had been unable to obtain correct cyclic control response during the takeoff. No faults were found to indicate a control problem, although some parts at the top of the mast were substantially damaged during the accident.
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General details
Date: 21 May 1992 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 13:00 EST  
 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
 Occurrence type: Collision with terrain 
Release date: 20 February 1995 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Serious 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Hughes Helicopters 
Aircraft model: 269C 
Aircraft registration: VH-AJC 
Sector: Helicopter 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Corella Park Stn QLD
Destination:Corella Park Stn QLD
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