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On 7 November 2011, the pilot of a Robinson Helicopter R22 Beta, registered VH-CME, was conducting cattle mustering operations on a station property about 93km north of Julia Creek, Queensland. The pilot was the sole occupant of the helicopter.

The pilot's task was to locate and muster cattle through a gate into the adjacent paddock.  Whilst manoeuvring the helicopter to land at about 5 ft above ground level, the helicopter's main rotor blade struck the ground. The pilot was not injured, however the helicopter was seriously damaged.

Mustering at low level has an inherent risk profile that requires a high level of awareness by the pilot. Mustering without any assistance from ground personnel, increases that level of risk.

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General details
Date: 07 November 2011 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 0630 EST  
Location   (show map):93km north of Julia Creek Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland Occurrence type: Collision with terrain 
Release date: 14 March 2012 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Robinson Helicopter Co 
Aircraft model: R22 
Aircraft registration: VH-CME 
Serial number: 1865 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Sector: Helicopter 
Damage to aircraft: Serious 
Departure point:Millungera Station, Qld
Destination:Millungera Station, Qld
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