Airplane hit and killed a giraffe

Airplane hit and killed a giraffe

I had lots of friends asking me about the incident that was eternalized (sic) on this picture that became quite famous on the internet.

The story behind the picture: a researcher for African Wild Dogs collided with a giraffe at Santawani airstrip in Botswana close to Maun, in the Okavango Delta, in his Cessna 172 with registration V5-ETS. From the position of the flap on the wing I’d presume it happened on landing. The pilot fortunately sustained minor injuries. The aircraft and the giraffe were not that lucky. And as you can see from the picture that was on (but unfortunately is not there anymore) the 172 was damaged beyond repair.



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