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The Beech 1900D (B1900) accelerated to V1 (111 kts), when the crew noticed a flock of wood ducks crossing their path. At the same time there was a loss of aircraft performance so the crew rejected the take-off. The aircraft was brought to a stop without further incident.

Six wood ducks had impacted the aircraft in the vicinity of the right engine and caused extensive damage to the right engine and wing. Minor damage was evident in the left engine oil cooler.

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority required airports handling aircraft of thirty seats capacity or larger to have a recorded bird hazard management program. At the time of the occurrence, Cooma airport had regular scheduled services by aircraft that did not exceed nineteen persons, however during the ski season aircraft with a capacity exceeding thirty persons operated into Cooma.

Bird dispersal control had been applied early in the morning, approximately twelve hours before the B1900's departure.

Analysis of bird hazard reports since January 2001, indicated an increase in bird numbers at Cooma airport. The airport operator had implemented a bird hazard management program but records showed that the program was not being applied consistently.


As a result of the investigation the airport operator advised the Australian Transport Safety Bureau that an improved bird hazard management program had been implemented. It will ensure that bird hazard dispersal measures are conducted within ten minutes of the period prior to the arrival and departure of regular public transport operations during the hours of darkness.

General details
Date: 03 May 2001 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1916 hours EST  
Location   (show map):Cooma, Aero. Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales Occurrence type: Birdstrike 
Release date: 27 September 2001 Occurrence class: Environment 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Beech Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: 1900 
Aircraft registration: VH-IMH 
Serial number: UE-230 
Type of operation: Air Transport Low Capacity 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Cooma, NSW
Departure time:1916 hours EST
Destination:Sydney, NSW
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