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The wind at the time was reported to be from the south-east at 15 to 20 kt with gusts to 25 kts. The pilot had flown away from a mob of cattle at 50 kts in a south-westerly direction across the wind, to check on some other animals. He then reduced speed and turned left into wind at a height of about 15 ft above ground level. As he was rolling out of the turn, the helicopter sank to the ground. The helicopter cartwheeled forward and came to rest inverted. The aircraft was within weight and balance limits for the flight and was reported to have been operating normally before the accident. The pilot reported having flown 6.4 hours that day.
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General details
Date: 01 July 1998 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 14:30 CST  
 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
 Occurrence type: Collision with terrain 
Release date: 14 July 1998 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Robinson Helicopter Co 
Aircraft model: R22 BETA 
Aircraft registration: VH-BFA 
Sector: Helicopter 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Brunette Downs NT
Destination:Brunette Downs NT
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