Aviation safety investigations & reports

Cessna 175, VH-RFJ, Digby Vic, 10 March 1969

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The aircraft was operated from a fenced field immediately adjacent to the homestead and farm building area and there were a number of sheep in that area. At the conclusion of a local flight the pilot overflew the landing field and made a left hand circuit. The final approach was made over the homestead and farm building area and just before touching down the nosewheel leg of the aircraft struck a sheep which had not previously been observed by the pilot. The nosewheel leg was torn from its mounting and the aircraft came to rest standing on its malnwheels and nose cowls.

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General details
Date: 10 March 1969   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1830 EST    
Location: Digby    
State: Victoria   Occurrence type: Animal strike  
Release date: 24 June 1970   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 175  
Aircraft registration VH-RFJ  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Dlgby  
Departure time 1820  
Destination Dlgby  
Last update 13 May 2014