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Summary

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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