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The aircraft was engaged in a shooting operation at the time of the accident. Whilst in a shallow descent about 180 feet above scrubby trees, the pilot applied power to fly away. The engine failed to respond and the main rotor RPM reduced. The pilot was forced to land the helicopter amongst the trees. It was reported that the power reduction may have been caused by a faulty fuel control unit.
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General details
Date: 05 June 1993 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 14:00 WST  
 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
 Occurrence type: Forced/precautionary landing 
Release date: 30 August 1993  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Hughes Helicopters 
Aircraft model: 269B 
Aircraft registration: VH-XBN 
Sector: Helicopter 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:95 km W Landor Station WA
Destination:95 km W Landor Station WA
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