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Soon after lift-off, whilst tow launching a glider, the aircraft was struck by two kite-hawks. One hawk smashed the windshield and also struck the pilot in the face. The pilot released the glider and made a normal landing on the remaining runway. Although the pilot was cut about the face by the impact of the bird and broken pieces of perspex, it is considered that because he was wearing sunglasses at the time, he avoided probable serious eye damage.

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General details
Date: 09 August 1987 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: N/A  
Location:Batchelor Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Northern Territory Occurrence type: Birdstrike 
Release date: 15 September 1987 Occurrence class: Environment 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Minor 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-25 
Aircraft registration: VH-FAL 
Serial number: 25-2289 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Batchelor NT
Departure time:N/A
Destination:Batchelor NT
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