Aviation safety investigations & reports

Piper PA32-300, VH-TPJ, Sweers Island (75 km N Burketown) QLD, 17 May 1987

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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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)    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Animal strike  
Release date: 16 July 1987   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

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