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The pilot stated that he had just refuelled the aircraft. The subsequent engine start and takeoff were normal. However, as the helicopter was accelerating through about 60 knots, the engine began to lose power, with decreasing RPM evident. As the pilot lowered the collective pitch control, the engine stopped. The pilot conducted an autorotation on to a road, but touched down in a high nose attitude and broke the right skid. The engine had operated normally prior to the occurrence. The refuelling operation was the first from a newly opened drum but there was no indication of fuel contamination. Operation of the aircraft requires the fuel boost pump to be ON during takeoff and landing and when flying below 140 metres above ground level. The pilot was not certain that he had switched the pump on before takeoff. It is possible, therefore, that the engine failed due to fuel starvation.
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General details
Date: 30 May 1993 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 9:30 EST  
 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
 Occurrence type: Forced/precautionary landing 
Release date: 12 October 1993  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Hughes Helicopters 
Aircraft model: 269A 
Aircraft registration: VH-MAY 
Sector: Helicopter 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Brookdale Station QLD
Destination:Brookdale Station QLD
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