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At a height of about 50 feet on initial climb, the aircraft suffered a birdstrike which resulted in the canopy being broken. Although the pilot's vision was inhibited by the effects of windblast, he was able to land the aircraft. After the engine was shut down the pilot heard a noise, determined that the aircraft was on fire and vacated just before it was totally consumed. It is likely that as a result of the birdstrike, a fuel line was damaged and this allowed fuel to spray onto the hot engine/exhaust area causing the fire.

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General details
Date: 24 November 1987 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1945 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Location:5 km ENE Cape Liptrap Occurrence type:Birdstrike 
State: Victoria Occurrence class: Environment 
Release date: 14 March 1988 Occurrence category: Accident 
Report status: Final Highest injury level: None 
 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Osprey Aircraft 
Aircraft model: Osprey 2 
Aircraft registration: VH-LII 
Serial number: V-83 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:5 km ENE Cape Liptrap VIC
Departure time:N/A
Destination:5 km ENE Cape Liptrap VIC
 
 
 
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