Thursday, February 23, 2017

Piper PA-28R-201, Westwind Aviation Inc, N962WW: Accident occurred February 20, 2017 at Deer Valley Airport (KDVT), Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Scottsdale, Arizona

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Aviation Accident Data Summary - National Transportation Safety Board:

Westwind Aviation Inc:

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA161
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, February 20, 2017 in Phoenix, AZ
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/20/2017
Aircraft: PIPER PA 28R, registration: N962WW
Injuries: 2 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 flight instructor reported that, while performing maneuvers about 800 ft above the ground, a bird impacted the left wing. He added that he returned to the airport without further incident. 

A postaccident examination of the airplane revealed substantial damage to the left wing. 

The flight instructor reported that there were 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 a bird.

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