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As the pilot was about to flare the aircraft for landing, a sheep ran onto the strip. It struck the left landing gear, and the pilot carried out a go-around. The aircraft continued to perform normally, and a decision was made to land in the opposite direction, which gave a distance of about 1000 metres to the body of the sheep. During the landing roll the left gear progressively collapsed and the aircraft swung to the left. The propeller dug into the ground as the aircraft nosed down, before coming to rest in an upright position. The presence of sheep was a known operational hazard at the strip. The pilot was aware that damage had probably occurred to the left gear, but had elected to conduct another landing at the strip, where no facilities or persons were available to render assistance if required. An aerodrome with full emergency facilities was available 10 kilometres from the strip.

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General details
Date: 08 January 1987 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1315  
Location:Tralee (10 km South of Canberra) Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Australian Capital Territory Occurrence type: Animal strike 
Release date: 29 April 1987 Occurrence class: Environment 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: de Havilland Aircraft Pty Ltd 
Aircraft model: DH-82 
Aircraft registration: VH-CCD 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Goulburn NSW
Departure time:1315
Destination:Tralee ACT
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