Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf
SML AVIATION LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N6026Z
FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Denver FSDO-03
NTSB Identification: GAA17CA060
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, November 06, 2016 in Englewood, CO
Aircraft: CESSNA 172, registration: N6026Z
Injuries: 3 Uninjured.
NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.
The pilot reported while en-route about 2,500 feet above ground, under dark night visual meteorological conditions, multiple birds struck both wings and the cowling. The pilot further reported that the airplane had a "harsh rolling tendency to the right and reduced engine power." Subsequently, the pilot declared an emergency with air traffic control and landed without further incident at an airport about 3 nautical miles away.
The right wing sustained substantial damage.
The pilot reported no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.