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Wreckage evidence indicates that helicopter's main rotor struck a tree at about 25 feet above the ground. About 4 feet of a rotor blade separated followed immediately by a severe mast bump which broke the mast. The main rotor assembly departed the helicopter. The helicopter then crashed into a tree before impacting the ground.
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General details
Date: 24 January 1993 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 650 EST  
Location   (show map):5km ESE Helenslee Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland Occurrence type: Loss of control 
Release date: 21 July 1993 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Fatal 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Robinson Helicopter Co 
Aircraft model: R22 
Aircraft registration: VH-AHT 
Serial number: 1965 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Sector: Helicopter 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:Helenslee, Qld.
Departure time:0630 EST
Destination:Helenslee, Qld.
Crew details
RoleClass of licenceHours on typeHours total
Fatal: 1NaN
Minor: 1NaN
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