Thursday, April 27, 2017

Cessna 172M, N4331R, Consolidated Aviation Services LLC: Accident occurred November 20, 2016 in Dayton, County, Tennessee

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Nashville, Tennessee

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Consolidated Aviation Services LLC:

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA079
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, November 20, 2016 in Dayton, TN
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/05/2017
Aircraft: CESSNA 172, registration: N4331R
Injuries: 1 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.

According to the student pilot, the single-engine airplane was configured in a crab profile during the landing. After the flare, the airplane settled into ground effect and a deer then approached the airplane from the left and struck the left main landing gear. The pilot initiated a go-around, but the left wing struck the ground. The airplane landed hard on the nose landing gear, the nose landing gear collapsed, and the airplane slid to a stop after exiting the runway to the right. The firewall sustained substantial damage.

The airport facility directory stated that deer were present on and near the airport.

The pilot 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:

The student pilot’s inability to maintain pitch and bank control during the landing after the airplane was struck by a deer.

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