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The pilot reported that just after touchdown he felt a bump. As the aircraft slowed the nose of the aircraft sank slightly, allowing the propeller to strike the strip surface several times. An inspection of the aircraft revealed that a wallaby had struck and bent the nosegear strut. This accident was not the subject of an on-site investigation.

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General details
Date: 17 May 1987 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1600 approx  
Location:Sweers Island (75 km N Burketown) Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland Occurrence type: Animal strike 
Release date: 16 July 1987 Occurrence class: Environment 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-32 
Aircraft registration: VH-TPJ 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Burketown QLD
Departure time:N/K
Destination:Sweers Island QLD
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