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The aircraft was conducting joy-flights near a Rock Festival. The pilot aborted a take-off attempt when it became clear to him that he would not obtain translational lift in time to clear trees at the end of the selected take-off area. He chose to air-taxi to a more suitable pad. To get to the pad, he had to air-taxi between two large trees. Whilst passing between the trees the pilot concentrated on rotor clearance and did not notice a wind gust which moved the aircraft towards the tree on the left. The main rotor hit a branch, forcing the pilot to take immediate recovery action. The aircraft landed heavily.
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General details
Date: 28 February 1993 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 16:10 WST  
 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
 Occurrence type: Collision with terrain 
Release date: 26 May 1993 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Minor 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Bell Helicopter Co 
Aircraft model: 47G-3B1 
Aircraft registration: VH-KHY 
Sector: Helicopter 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Bindoon WA
Destination:Bindoon WA
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