The helicopter was spraying a melon crop when the main rotor came into contact with a steel rod in the crop . The subsequent rotor imbalance necessitated a forced landing. The helicopter subseqently landed heavily, and the main rotor blades cut off the tail boom resulting in substantial damage. This accident was not reported.
|Date:||08 January 1997||Investigation status:||Completed|
|State:||New South Wales||Occurrence type:||Forced/precautionary landing|
|Release date:||12 September 1997||Occurrence category:||Accident|
|Aircraft manufacturer||Bell Helicopter Co|
|Damage to aircraft||Substantial|