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The pilot reported that he was engaged in moving cattle on a flooded property. On board the helicopter with the pilot was the property owner. While hovering at about 30-40 feet behind some cattle, the pilots attention was diverted momentarily allowing the engine and main rotor RPM to decay. He was unable to regain rotor RPM and elected to attempt a landing onto a nearby dry patch of ground. In turning the helicopter towards the dry ground the pilot inadvertently turned down wind, overpitching the main rotor blades. During the ensuing deep flare to land, the tail rotor contacted the water and the main rotor blades severed the tailboom. The helicopter then settled into the water and rolled over. Both the pilot and passenger were able to exit the helicopter safely.
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General details
Date: 04 March 1997 Investigation status: Completed 
 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
 Occurrence type: Forced/precautionary landing 
Release date: 09 May 1997  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Robinson Helicopter Co 
Aircraft model: R22 BETA 
Aircraft registration: VH-BHK 
Sector: Helicopter 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Dalgonally HS QLD
Destination:Clonagh HS QLD
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