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The instructor advised the investigation that the student had flared too late, during the practice auto-rotational landing. The instructor then reacted too slowly to prevent the helicopter impacting the ground heavily. The aircraft bounced three times and on the third bounce the main rotor blades contacted the tail boom, severing it. Both occupants were able to exit the aircraft safely. The helicopter suffered major structural damage.
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General details
Date: 12 January 1996 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 10:22 EST  
 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
 Occurrence type: Hard landing 
Release date: 26 August 1996 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Robinson Helicopter Co 
Aircraft model: R22 BETA 
Aircraft registration: VH-HTF 
Sector: Helicopter 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Caloundra QLD
Destination:Caloundra QLD
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