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The aircraft was operated from a fenced field immediately adjacent to the homestead and farm building area and there were a number of sheep in that area. At the conclusion of a local flight the pilot overflew the landing field and made a left hand circuit. The final approach was made over the homestead and farm building area and just before touching down the nosewheel leg of the aircraft struck a sheep which had not previously been observed by the pilot. The nosewheel leg was torn from its mounting and the aircraft came to rest standing on its malnwheels and nose cowls.

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General details
Date: 10 March 1969 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1830 EST  
Location:Digby Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Victoria Occurrence type: Animal strike 
Release date: 24 June 1970 Occurrence class: Environment 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 175 
Aircraft registration: VH-RFJ 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Dlgby
Departure time:1820
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