Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna 207-A, VH-NIV, 20 km E Oenpelli NT, 28 September 1988

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot was conducting a sight-seeing flight and was returning to Jabiru at 6-700 ft above ground level. The pilot recalled seeing a bird just before it impacted the top of the windscreen. The bird did not enter the cockpit but the perspex was shattered. A large piece of windscreen attached to the compass electrical wires swung inwards and hit the pilot across the forehead, nose and mouth. He was wearing sunglasses at the time which may have protected his eyes from the debris. The pilot was able to control the aircraft normally although extra power was required to overcome the increased drag. The aircraft returned safely to the DEPARTURE airfield.

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General details
Date: 28 September 1988   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1241    
Location: 20 km E Oenpelli    
State: Northern Territory   Occurrence type: Birdstrike  
Release date: 22 February 1989   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Minor  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 207  
Aircraft registration VH-NIV  
Serial number 20700627  
Type of operation Charter  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Jabiru NT  
Departure time 1210  
Destination Jabiru NT