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The helicopter was involved in bushfire control when the pilot reported that the engine suddenly lost power at a height of about 150 ft above trees. Attempts to restart the engine were unsuccessful and a forced landing was carried out amongst small trees. Substantial damage was incurred during the forced landing and the pilot sustained minor injuries. The helicopter was subsequently destroyed by the bushfire. The pilot later reported he had refueled the helicopter with 300 lbs of fuel about 15 minutes before the accident. Fuel checks at the time indicated that the fuel was not contaminated. The remainder of the fuel, the fuel filter and refueling equipment at the base, were subsequently checked after the accident and were reported to be clean. As the engine was extensively damaged by the bushfire, the reason for the failure was not determined.
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General details
Date: 27 November 1997 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 13:45 ESuT  
 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
 Occurrence type: Forced/precautionary landing 
Release date: 17 December 1997  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Minor 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Hughes Helicopters 
Aircraft model: 369D 
Aircraft registration: VH-NLJ 
Sector: Helicopter 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:Fitzroy Falls NSW
Destination:Fitzroy Falls NSW
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