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The pilot landed the helicopter in an open grassy area to refuel from jerry cans. He then decided to reposition the helicopter about 10 metres forward from the original landing point, and after the passenger alighted lifted the helicopter into the air and applied forward cyclic. It suddenly pitched forward sharply as if the front of the skids were caught, the main rotor blades striking the ground before the pilot could regain control. The landing area was covered with medium height stiff grass that may have fouled the skids as the helicopter became airborne.
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General details
Date: 17 April 1994 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 13:30 CST  
 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
 Occurrence type: Collision with terrain 
Release date: 26 August 1994 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Minor 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Robinson Helicopter Co 
Aircraft model: R22 BETA 
Aircraft registration: VH-XOX 
Sector: Helicopter 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Cooinda NT
Destination:54km NW Bulman NT
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