Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf
Docket And Docket Items - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms
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
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/06/2017
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.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
An in-flight collision with multiple birds.