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Cow crashes helicopter in Far North Qld

AAP logoAAP 19/09/2016 Sarah Motherwell

A pilot has avoided disaster after a cow brought down his helicopter in Far North Queensland.

The 35-year-old man was mustering on Coen Cattle Station on the Cape York Peninsula on Sunday when the aircraft's landing rails became tangled in the cow's horns.

The helicopter lost balance and crashed into a ball of flames, totally destroying it.

Both the cow and the pilot escaped without injury.

"The cow escaped becoming roast beef and lived to roam another day," Senior Constable Adam Petersen said.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau is investigating the incident with a report to be released in several months.

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