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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 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland Occurrence type: Birdstrike 
Release date: 11 September 1989 Occurrence class: Environment 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Minor 
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
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