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On 25 January 2012, at about 1600 Eastern Daylight-saving Time, a Schweitzer helicopter company 300C helicopter (300C), registered VH-FUJ departed an agricultural property near Scottsdale Tasmania. The pilot was returning to his home base of Devonport at the conclusion of the day's aerial spraying activities.  The pilot was the only person onboard.

Whist flying over heavily timbered country, the engine power reduced and the helicopter collided with the tree canopy before coming to rest on the ground. 

The pilot was not injured and immediately exited the helicopter, which caught fire and was destroyed. The accident highlights the value of helicopter pilots wearing a helicopter safety helmet.

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General details
Date: 25 January 2012 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1600 EDT  
Location   (show map):19 km south Long Hill (ALA) Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Tasmania Occurrence type: Engine failure or malfunction 
Release date: 25 June 2012 Occurrence class: Technical 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Schweizer Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: 269 
Aircraft registration: VH-FUJ 
Serial number: S1608 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Damage to aircraft: Serious 
Departure point:Scottsdale, TAS
Destination:Devonport, TAS
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Last update 18 April 2018