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Witnesses reported that pilot of the Bell 47 was conducting cattle mustering operations. He departed on a short flight to check for stray cattle on the side of a hill, opposite to where the main mob was located. A short time after the helicopter disappeared from view, the sound of an impact was heard. A search revealed that the helicopter had struck a single wire earth return (SWER) power line which was suspended between a post on top of the hill and another post well left of the probable flight path. One of the landing gear skids had caught the wire, upsetting the helicopter, and causing it to enter uncontrolled flight. It was not determined whether the pilot was aware that there was a wire in the area.

This accident was not the subject of an on-site investigation.

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General details
Date: 19 September 1998 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1430 hours EST  
Location   (show map):2 km W Kajabbi Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland Occurrence type: Collision with terrain 
Release date: 03 August 1999 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Fatal 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Bell Helicopter Co 
Aircraft model: 47 
Aircraft registration: VH-JGO 
Serial number: VH-JGO 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Sector: Helicopter 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:10 NM SW Kajabbi
Departure time:1300 hour EST
Destination:10 NM SW Kajabbi
Crew details
RoleClass of licenceHours on typeHours total
Fatal: 1102
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