Aviation safety investigations & reports

Animal strike involving a Embraer-Empresa Brasileira De Aeronautica EMB-820-C, VH-HVA, Coonabarabran, Aerodrome, NSW on 10 February 1999

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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During the takeoff run, the aircraft's nose landing gear collided with a pig that had strayed onto the runway. The nose landing gear collapsed, causing both propellers to strike the ground. The aerodrome was surrounded by an electric fence designed to prevent the entry of animals. This had been breached once before, and the fence had been repaired. An inspection by the council aerodrome inspector did not reveal where the pig had gained entry. The inspector now conducts daily inspections of the aerodrome area before the arrival of the regular public transport flight, and the electric fence power unit has been upgraded.
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General details
Date: 10 February 1999   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 5:45 ESuT    
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Animal strike  
Release date: 09 July 1999   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final    

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Embraer-Empresa Brasileira De Aeronautica  
Aircraft model EMB-820-C  
Aircraft registration VH-HVA  
Sector Piston  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Coonabarabran NSW  
Destination Gunnedah NSW