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Accident: Air Creebec DHC-8-106 hit by lightning en route to Val-d’Or, Canada
29 July 2017

Accident: Air Creebec DHC-8-106 hit by lightning en route to Val-d’Or, Canada

Accident: Pilot injured in Antonov 2 crash, Krasnoarmeysky District, Russia

Accident: BN-2A Islander impacted terrain on approach to Eteringbang, Guyana

Accident: Cessna 208 float plane takeoff accident East River, New York

ATSB: In-flight collision at Parafield, Australia concluded as wildlife strike, not a drone

On 11 July 2017, a SOCATA TB-10 Tobago aircraft collided with an object at approximately 6.30pm during its final approach at Parafield Airport in South Australia.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) commenced an investigation as initial information suggested that they aircraft may have hit a drone.  Swabs were taken of the damaged area on the leading edge of the right wing. Those swabs were tested for DNA by the Australian Museum, and the results have established that the object struck was a grey-headed flying fox.

This finding is consistent with the known behaviours of flying foxes, who can travel up to 50 kilometres from their roosts to feed at night.  Adult grey-headed flying foxes have an average wingspan up to 1 m (3.3 ft) and can weigh up to 1 kg (2.2 lb).

As a result of this evidence, the ATSB is discontinuing its investigation, concluding the cause of the incident was wildlife strike.

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