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The helicopter flew through a flock of birds. The pilot felt and saw a number of birds strike the main rotor and also saw bird remains travel rearwards after this main rotor contact. After a short time of further flight with no apparent problems, the pilot heard a "bang" from the rear of the aircraft. He saw that the rear of the aircraft was vibrating so elected to land immediately. During the landing, the tail rotor contacted the ground.
General details
Date: 28 August 1993 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 7:30 WST  
 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
 Occurrence type: Birdstrike 
Release date: 30 October 1993 Occurrence class: Environment 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Hughes Helicopters 
Aircraft model: 269C 
Aircraft registration: VH-ACD 
Sector: Helicopter 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:12km E Leopold Station WA
Destination:12km E Leopold Station WA
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