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Narrative:The helicopter was on logging operations and had just delivered a log to the milling site. As the pilot applied power to climb away after releasing the log, the automatic grapnel re-engaged on the log when the lifting longline tautened.
Bell (Garlick) UH-1E
|C/n / msn:|| 6206|
|Fatalities:||Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1|
|Airplane damage:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||Paparangi Station -
|Phase:|| Initial climb|
The resulting jerk caused the line to pull free at the lower end and flick up into the path of the main rotor. The tail rotor separated when struck by the flailing line, and control of the helicopter was lost. It struck the ground a short distance from the landing site and was destroyed by impact and fire. The pilot died in the accident.
||Dr. John Smith
||Updated [Cn, Operator, Phase, Nature, Source, Narrative]|