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The pilot was engaged on cotton spraying operations. During the second take-off for the day from this particular strip, a cow ran in front of the aircraft. The pilot attempted to fly over the top of the animal, however the left maingear struck and killed the cow. The pilot was able to maintain control of the aircraft, and diverted to a more suitable aerodrome, where a landing was made without further damage. The strip in use was not fenced to prevent the entry of stock, which had not caused problems in the past. Since the accident the property owner had installed suitable fencing.

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General details
Date: 10 February 1987 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: N/A  
Location:"Nandewar" Station (6 km SE Boggabri) Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales Occurrence type: Animal strike 
Release date: 30 April 1987 Occurrence class: Environment 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Ayres Corporation 
Aircraft model: S2R 
Aircraft registration: VH-IWI 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:"Nandewar" Station NSW
Departure time:N/A
Destination:Narrabri NSW
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