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The helicopter was being used for yarding cattle, operating in a gusty 20-25 knot wind, when the pilot inadvertently turned downwind. As the helicopter began to sink the pilot made every attempt to correct the situation but was unable to regain control at the low operating height. The helicopter struck the ground with the front of the left hand skid, cartwheeled and came to a stop lying on its right hand side. The main rotor was probably in an over-pitched condition prior to impact. The pilot, who was the only occupant and wearing a flying helmet, was uninjured.
General details
Date: 16 November 1993 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 17:30 CSuT  
 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
 Occurrence type: Collision with terrain 
Release date: 31 March 1994 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Robinson Helicopter Co 
Aircraft model: R22 ALPHA 
Aircraft registration: VH-HEB 
Sector: Helicopter 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Amata Station SA
Destination:Amata Station SA
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