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Last updated: 13 December 2018
Status:Final
Date:Thursday 3 May 2001
Time:19:16
Type:Silhouette image of generic B190 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Beechcraft 1900D
Operator:Impulse Airlines
Registration: VH-IMH
C/n / msn: UE-230
First flight: 1996
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Repaired
Location:Cooma Airport, NSW (OOM) (   Australia)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Cooma Airport, NSW (OOM/YCOM), Australia
Destination airport:Sydney-Kingsford Smith International Airport, NSW (SYD/YSSY), Australia
Narrative:
The Beech 1900D (B1900) accelerated to V1 (111 kts), when the crew noticed a flock of wood ducks crossing their path. At the same time there was a loss of aircraft performance so the crew rejected the take-off. The aircraft was brought to a stop without further incident.
Six wood ducks had impacted the aircraft in the vicinity of the right engine and caused extensive damage to the right engine and wing. Minor damage was evident in the left engine oil cooler.
The Civil Aviation Safety Authority required airports handling aircraft of thirty seats capacity or larger to have a recorded bird hazard management program. At the time of the occurrence, Cooma airport had regular scheduled services by aircraft that did not exceed nineteen persons, however during the ski season aircraft with a capacity exceeding thirty persons operated into Cooma.
Bird dispersal control had been applied early in the morning, approximately twelve hours before the B1900's departure.

Classification:

Bird strike

Sources:
» ATSB


Follow-up / safety actions
As a result of the investigation the airport operator advised the Australian Transport Safety Bureau that an improved bird hazard management program had been implemented. It will ensure that bird hazard dispersal measures are conducted within ten minutes of the period prior to the arrival and departure of regular public transport operations during the hours of darkness.

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Distance from Cooma Airport, NSW to Sydney-Kingsford Smith International Airport, NSW as the crow flies is 329 km (205 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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