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Updated: 19 September 2016

Completion of the draft investigation report has been delayed by competing team member priorities and workload and the requirement for additional investigative work. This includes seeking further information from the aircraft’s propellers manufacturer.


During the landing at Moruya, the aircraft struck multiple galahs. The crew conducted an inspection and the aircraft subsequently departed for Merimbula. On descent into Merimbula, the crew detected abnormal vibrations through the flight controls. After landing it was determined that a section of propeller was missing.

The investigation is continuing.

General details
Date: 09 January 2015 Investigation status: Active 
Time: 10:50 ESuT Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Location   (show map):Moruya Airport Occurrence type:Birdstrike 
State: New South Wales  
 Occurrence category: Serious Incident 
Report status: Pending Highest injury level: None 
Expected completion: December 2017  
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Saab Aircraft Co. 
Aircraft model: 340B 
Aircraft registration: VH-OLM 
Serial number: 340B-205 
Operator: Regional Express 
Type of operation: Air Transport Low Capacity 
Sector: Turboprop 
Damage to aircraft: Minor 
Departure point:Moruya, NSW
Destination:Merimbula, NSW
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Last update 07 November 2017