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The pilot reported that while on approach to a three foot hover, he commenced a right turn to position the aircraft for refuelling. As he did so an unsecured object in the cockpit shifted, preventing movement of the cyclic control to the left. The pilot tried to recover the situation by increasing altitude but the aircraft continued to roll right until the main rotor blades hit the ground. The aircraft was then thrown back onto its skids after which it rolled onto its left side.
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General details
Date: 23 May 1995 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 10:30 EST Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
 Occurrence type:Collision with terrain 
 Occurrence class: Operational 
Release date: 29 May 1995 Occurrence category: Accident 
Report status: Final  
 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Robinson Helicopter Co 
Aircraft model: R22 BETA 
Aircraft registration: VH-JKI 
Sector: Helicopter 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Kulkurna Homestead NSW
Destination:Berribee VIC
 
 
 
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