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14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, November 18, 2016 in Ft. Myers, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/06/2017
Aircraft: BEECH A36, registration: N64793
Injuries: 2 Minor.
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 co-pilot reported “a flock of buzzards” passed in front of the airplane while en-route, and “the PIC [pilot in command] took evasive action.” He further reported a buzzard collided with the airplane at the top of the windscreen and there was a “loud bomb like bang/thump” followed by a loud rush of air. Subsequently, the pilot in command declared an emergency with air traffic control and landed at the nearest airport without further incident.
The windscreen was substantially damaged.
The pilot did not report any 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 a flock of birds.