Friday, March 09, 2018

Cessna 172S Skyhawk, N103KS, registered to and operated by Kent State University: Accident occurred March 06, 2018 at Kent State University Airport (1G3), Portage County, Ohio

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Cleveland, Ohio

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Kent, OH
Accident Number: GAA18CA150
Date & Time: 03/06/2018, 1945 EST
Registration: N103KS
Aircraft: CESSNA 172
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Wildlife encounter (non-bird)
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional 


The pilot reported that, during a night landing, he saw "a streak of motion" in his peripheral vision, followed by an impact to the empennage. He regained directional control and taxied clear of the runway.

In a postaccident examination, it was revealed that a deer struck the horizontal stabilizer, which sustained substantial damage.

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
A deer collided with aircraft during landing at night.


Environmental issues
Dark - Effect on personnel
Animal(s)/bird(s) - Ability to respond/compensate

Factual Information

History of Flight

Wildlife encounter (non-bird) (Defining event)

Loss of control on ground

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 39, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 1 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 01/26/2018
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 04/22/2017
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 193 hours (Total, all aircraft), 193 hours (Total, this make and model), 120 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 7 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 4 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 1 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: CESSNA
Registration: N103KS
Model/Series: 172 S
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2005
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 172S10093
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 01/19/2018, Continuous Airworthiness
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2558 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 4201.3 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: LYCOMING
ELT: C91A installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: IO-360-L2A
Rated Power: 180 hp
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Pilot School (141) 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Night
Observation Facility, Elevation: KAKR, 1101 ft msl
Observation Time: 0054 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 7 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 198°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Temperature/Dew Point: 6°C / -1°C
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 5 knots, 100°
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 29.66 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: AKRON, OH (CAK)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Kent, OH (1G3)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1930 EST
Type of Airspace: Class G 

Airport Information

Airport: KENT STATE UNIV (1G3)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 1134 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 01
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 4000 ft / 60 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Traffic Pattern 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 41.147500, -81.415833 (est)

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