Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna 152, VH-FUH, 18 km SE Archerfield QLD, 5 September 1989

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The aircraft struck a bird while cruising at 1500 feet. The bird shattered the windscreen and struck the occupants of the aircraft before coming to rest in the rear of the cabin area. The pilot reported that loss of the windscreen reduced aircraft performance to the extent that, while flying at about 1000 feet with cruise power set, the indicated airspeed was 65 knots compared to the normal 90 knots. The bird was later identified as a wedge tailed eagle. It had a wingspan of almost two metres.

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General details
Date: 05 September 1989   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 958    
Location: 18 km SE Archerfield    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Birdstrike  
Release date: 11 September 1989   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Minor  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 152  
Aircraft registration VH-FUH  
Serial number A1520952  
Type of operation Flying Training  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Archerfield QLD  
Departure time N/K  
Destination Archerfield QLD