Accident Christen Eagle II N45WM, Sunday 1 January 2012
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Date:Sunday 1 January 2012
Type:Silhouette image of generic EAGL model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Christen Eagle II
Registration: N45WM
Engine model:Lycoming AEIO-360-A1D
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Eureka, CA -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Eureka, CA (EKA)
Destination airport:Eureka, CA (EKA)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The pilot reported that, during the landing flare, he noticed a deer (or possibly several deer) move onto the runway. In response, he added power and attempted to maneuver away from the animal(s). The airplane impacted what he believed to be a deer. The pilot realized that the airplane had likely incurred damage that could hinder further flight, so he retarded the engine power and landed without further incident. The left wing sustained substantial damage to the leading edge. The pilot reported no mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation. The Federal Aviation Administration Airport Facilities Directory for the airport contained a note stating that there are deer occasionally on the runway.
Probable Cause: A collision with a deer while landing.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: WPR12CA073
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 4 months
Download report: Final report




Revision history:

27-Jan-2012 17:54 Geno Added
01-Apr-2012 22:57 Geno Updated [Source, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:26 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
27-Nov-2017 17:53 ASN Update Bot Updated [Cn, Other fatalities, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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