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Prior to his DEPARTURE for the agricultural strip, the pilot had been assured that there would be no stock in the paddock containing the strip. As the aircraft was flared for landing, three sheep ran out from tall thistles adjacent to the strip. One of the sheep struck the right main gear leg and the pilot conducted a go around. He was informed that the leg was out of alignment, and elected to divert to a more suitable aerodrome. The gear leg folded during the landing run. The person who advised the pilot that there was no stock on the strip had not made a thorough inspection of the area.

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General details
Date: 10 February 1986 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 810  
Location:Bannaby (16 km East Taralga) Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales Occurrence type: Animal strike 
Release date: 07 April 1986 Occurrence class: Environment 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 185 
Aircraft registration: VH-CWH 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Gunning NSW
Departure time:0810
Destination:Bannaby NSW
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Last update 13 May 2014