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The aircraft had been operating on the mustering flight for about 45 minutes. With the helicopter at 70 feet above the ground and 50 kts indicated airspeed, the pilot reported that he had just commenced a climbing turn to approach a small mob of cattle when he heard a loud noise from the rear of the cabin. The engine oversped and the rotor speed decayed. A forced landing was conducted but the pilot was unable to retain adequate rotor speed to prevent a heavy landing.
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General details
Date: 26 April 1997 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 11:00 EST  
 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
 Occurrence type: Forced/precautionary landing 
Release date: 27 June 1997  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Robinson Helicopter Co 
Aircraft model: R22 BETA 
Aircraft registration: VH-LOH 
Sector: Helicopter 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Keeroongooloo QLD
Destination:Keeroongooloo QLD
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