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The pilot reported that he arrived at Daly River Police Station at 0745 CST and picked up his passenger who was a NT police officer. The passengers equipment was loaded on board and the helicopter departed the police station at 0810. The pilot flew approximately 1.5 NM northwest and landed on the pinnacle of an 800 ft high ridge. He said he frictioned all the controls down and secured the helicopter, before assisting the passenger to unload his equipment. The pilot said he and the passenger were about 10 m from the helicopter, and he had just turned to head back towards it when the left skid lifted off the ground about 2.5 to 3 ft. This subsequently caused the main rotor blades to strike the ground. The helicopter rolled over to the right and caught fire. The passenger was struck by flying debris resulting in cracked ribs. Wind at the time of the accident was gusting from 25 to 35 kts from the south-east. The helicopter was facing a southerly direction on the edge of the mountain range.
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General details
Date: 21 July 1997 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 8:30 CST Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
 Occurrence class: Operational 
Release date: 23 July 1997 Occurrence category: Accident 
Report status: Final Highest injury level: Minor 
 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Bell Helicopter Co 
Aircraft model: 47G-3B 
Aircraft registration: VH-JRF 
Sector: Helicopter 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:Daly River NT
Destination:Daly River NT
 
 
 
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