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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 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Northern Territory Occurrence type: Birdstrike 
Release date: 22 February 1989 Occurrence class: Environment 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Minor 
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
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