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Wildlife strike involving Mooney M20J, VH-CYK, at Hedlow (ALA), Qld on 24 March 2013

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Status: Completed
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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   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Hedlow (ALA)    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Animal strike  
Release date: 29 May 2013   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Minor  

Aircraft details

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  
Last update 14 November 2018