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The ATSB is investigating a Eurocopter AS 350 BA (Squirrel) helicopter, registered VH-PHU, which suffered a rotor tip strike into foliage while making an approach to land into a confined area about 9 km east-south-east of the St Leonards aeroplane landing area, Victoria, on 4 July 2017.

The helicopter and its rotor system suffered minor damage during the incident before the pilot effected a safe landing, within the confined area. The pilot then shut down and secured the helicopter.  There were no reported injuries.

The ATSB will interview the pilot and, where necessary, gather additional information.

A report will be released within several months.

General details
Date: 04 July 2017 Investigation status: Active 
Time: 14:15 EST Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Location   (show map):St Leonards (ALA), ESE 9 km (Jack Rabbit winery) Occurrence type:CFIT 
State: Victoria Occurrence class: Operational 
 Occurrence category: Incident 
Report status: Pending Highest injury level: None 
Expected completion: February 2018  
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Eurocopter 
Aircraft model: AS 350 BA 
Aircraft registration: VH-PHU 
Serial number: 2284 
Operator: Professional Helicopter Services Pty Ltd 
Type of operation: Charter 
Sector: Helicopter 
Damage to aircraft: Minor 
Departure point:Moorabbin, Vic.
Destination:Bellarine, Vic.
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Last update 17 January 2018