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During climbout from Dauan Island (Torres Strait), the helicopter suffered an engine power loss. The pilot placed the helicopter in autorotation from approximately 300 feet. Having heavily impacted the water, the helicopter sank and rolled inverted. The pilot and three of the four passengers escaped. The remaining passenger remained in the aircraft as it sank. One of the passengers who survived the ditching did not remain afloat and disappeared from the other survivor's view. The aircraft sank and has not been recovered.

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General details
Date: 07 May 1996 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 0947 EST  
Location   (show map):6km E Dauan Island, (ALA) Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland Occurrence type: Ditching 
Release date: 01 May 1997  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Fatal 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Bell Helicopter Co 
Aircraft model: 206 
Aircraft registration: VH-RHQ 
Serial number: 45257 
Type of operation: Charter 
Sector: Helicopter 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:Dauan Island, QLD
Departure time:0945 EST
Destination:Thursday Island, QLD
Fatal: 0202
None: 1203
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