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The helicopter was reported missing on a ferry flight when it failed to arrive at its destination. It was found the next morning during an extensive aerial search.

The helicopter had impacted the ground with little or no forward speed. Debris was scattered around the main wreckage over several hundred metres.

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General details
Date: 25 April 1996 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1745 EST  
Location   (show map):194 km WSW Windorah, (ALA) Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland Occurrence type: Loss of control 
Release date: 13 January 1997 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-EWQ 
Serial number: 1090 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Sector: Helicopter 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:Windorah, QLD
Departure time:1620 EST
Destination:Cadelga Station, SA
Crew details
RoleClass of licenceHours on typeHours total
Fatal: 1001
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Last update 13 May 2014