Aviation safety investigations & reports

Piper PA32, VH-DJL, Nookanbah WA, 28 November 1989

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot did not observe any obstructions, on the flight strip, when he overflew the strip and joined downwind for a normal circuit. During the final approach the pilot observed that there was a donkey feeding, in the trees, approximately 40 metres off to the right of the edge of the flight strip. Shortly after landing the donkey ran in front of the aircraft and the pilot was unable to avoid a collision. The donkey was killed. There was no animal proof fence around the flight strip. This accident was not the subject of a formal on scene investigation.

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General details
Date: 28 November 1989   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 830    
Location: Nookanbah    
State: Western Australia   Occurrence type: Animal strike  
Release date: 30 November 1989   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-DJL  
Serial number 32-744009A  
Type of operation Charter  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Fitzroy Crossing WA  
Departure time N/A  
Destination Nookanbah WA