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The pilot commenced the landing flare at about 10 ft above the runway, during which time a bird struck the left wing. The aircraft yawed slightly left and the left wing dropped; the pilot applied opposite aileron to maintain wings level. The aircraft then drifted to the right of the runway into an adjacent paddock and the left wing struck a bull. The aircraft landed in the paddock. The aircraft sustained substantial damage from the bull strike and one passenger received minor injuries. The bull was put down as a result of the injuries sustained from the strike.

While the risk of wildlife strikes represents an ongoing challenge, and will always be present, this accident highlights the need to be aware of the hazards that may potentially exist within the vicinity of the runway and the benefits of overflying to alarm wildlife.

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General details
Date: 24 March 2013 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 17:25 EST  
Location   (show map):Hedlow (ALA) Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland Occurrence type: Animal strike 
Release date: 29 May 2013 Occurrence class: Environment 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Minor 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Mooney Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: M20 
Aircraft registration: VH-CYK 
Serial number: 24-1302 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Hedlow, Qld
Destination:Hedlow, Qld
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