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The pilot reported a birdstrike during the descent. The strike appeared to cause the left engine to loose power and it was shutdown and secured. Subsequent investigation indicates that the wiring providing indications to the flight crew was damaged and the instrument indications, only, were lost.

An unsafe left main gear indication illuminated when the gear was selected down for landing. Although the standby system indicated three green lights, a single-engine flypast was completed to confirm the gear position.

The crew did not request emergency services. The company agents on the ground at Broome declined to declare a full emergency and local standby only was activated by airport management.

During the later part of the landing roll the pilot lost directional control of the aircraft. He reported brake and steering failure.

The aircraft veered off the sealed runway before the pilot stopped it by application of the emergency brakes.

Ground witnesses reported the loss of directional control may have been the result of the use of reverse thrust on the remaining operating engine.

There were 17 people on board.

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General details
Date: 17 May 1996 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1558 hours WST  
Location   (show map):22 km NNE Broome, Aero. Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Western Australia Occurrence type: Birdstrike 
Release date: 27 November 1996 Occurrence class: Environment 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: de Havilland Canada 
Aircraft model: DHC-8 
Aircraft registration: VH-JSI 
Serial number: 229 
Type of operation: Air Transport Low Capacity 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Kuunurra, WA
Departure time:1405 hours WST
Destination:Broome, WA
Crew details
RoleClass of licenceHours on typeHours total
Co-Pilot/1st OfficerATPL2555332
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