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On 31 March 2004, at 0600 Eastern Standard Time, the Robinson R22 helicopter with one pilot on board departed on a ferry flight to commence mustering operation from a property approximately 15 minutes flying time to the north-north-east. The pilot reported that he landed at the property and picked up a passenger who was going to show him the paddocks, fences and laneways.

At about 1000, after mustering cattle into a small paddock, the pilot made an approach to land beside a fence. The pilot indicated that the weather was fine with good visibility. The wind was from an easterly direction at 5 kts and the temperature was 25 degrees C. He reported that he saw a powerline and aimed to land adjacent to a point where the powerline changed direction. However, he did not see a third wire, which the helicopter struck at a height of about 30 ft. The helicopter spun into the ground and landed on a barbed wire fence. The helicopter sustained substantial damage to the tail boom, lower vertical fin and tail rotor blades. The two occupants escaped with minor injuries.

General details
Date: 31 March 2004 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1000 hours EST  
Location   (show map):56 km NNW Charters Towers, (ALA) Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland Occurrence type: Collision with terrain 
Release date: 03 May 2004 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Minor 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Robinson Helicopter Co 
Aircraft model: R22 
Aircraft registration: VH-HHD 
Serial number: 3022 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Sector: Helicopter 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Haven Glen, QLD
Departure time:0600 hours EST
Destination:Eumara Springs Station, QLD
Crew details
RoleClass of licenceHours on typeHours total
Minor: 1102
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Last update 29 May 2014