Aviation safety investigations & reports

Ayres S2R-T15, VH-IWI, "Nandewar" Station (6 km SE Boggabri) NSW, 10 February 1987

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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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)    
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Animal strike  
Release date: 30 April 1987   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

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