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Flying doctors hit kangaroo while landing in Blackwater

IS IT A BIRD? When the Royal Flying Doctor Service flew in to the Blackwater Airport on Thursday night, they came in to contact with a kangaroo.
IS IT A BIRD? When the Royal Flying Doctor Service flew in to the Blackwater Airport on Thursday night, they came in to contact with a kangaroo. Meghan Kidd Emeplane

THE threat of kangaroos hopping on to a runway has become a dangerous and expensive reality, after the Royal Flying Doctor Service tried to land in Blackwater on Thursday night.

The plane, with a hospital transfer patient on board, was coming in for a scheduled 7.50pm landing at the Blackwater Airport when it hit a roo and shuddered to a halt.

No people were injured but the damage done far exceeded the price of repairs.

"The engine will require a full strip down," a RFDS spokesperson said.

"I don't know the extent, but the last one cost $200,000.

"It's not the cost of the repairs - it takes out a valuable asset."

The spokesman said the incident was not out of the blue.

"More and more animals are straying over in to town and airstrips," he said.

"This is third kangaroo strike we've had in the past 12 months (in Queensland).

 

"They're normally once every four or five years - the plague of kangaroo hazards is becoming so bad."

 

"We've had to reconduct a risk assessment for operations in remote locations," he said.

After the incident, another RFDS plane landed to transport the passenger to Rockhampton and an engineer flew in to inspect the aircraft the next day.

The aircraft has been deemed safe enough to fly to Rockhampton for repairs this week.

Topics:  blackwater flying doctor rfds


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