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The crew were carrying out a goat eradication program at the time of the accident. The aircraft was transiting from the hover to forward flight, at approximately 50 feet above ground level, when the engine suddenly stopped. The pilot immediately entered autorotation and attempted to cushion the landing by increasing the collective pitch. The aircraft touched down heavily, tail first, before colliding with trees. An inspection of the aircraft failed to disclose any reason for the sudden engine stoppage. Weather conditions were conducive to the formation of carburettor ice however, the pilot had carburettor heat selected at the time of the accident. The reason for the sudden stoppage could not be determined.
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General details
Date: 10 June 1994 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 8:05 WST  
 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
 Occurrence type: Forced/precautionary landing 
Release date: 31 August 1994  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Bell Helicopter Co 
Aircraft model: 47G-4A 
Aircraft registration: VH-JKV 
Sector: Helicopter 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Hampton Hill Station WA
Destination:Camellia Station WA
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