Aircraft: Cessna 182. Injuries: None. Location: Roundup, Mont. Aircraft damage: Substantial.
What reportedly happened: The pilot was attempting to land on a dirt road. He overflew the area, noting a group of cows nearby before entering a left-hand pattern.
During the landing flare, the pilot saw a cow approaching from the left. He attempted to swerve to miss the animal but was unsuccessful and hit the cow.
Despite the pilot’s attempts to regain control of the aircraft, the airplane continued to the left, landed hard, bounced, and settled back onto the ground, resulting in substantial damage.
The pilot reported no pre-impact mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.
Probable cause: The pilot’s failure to maintain clearance from an obstacle during the landing flare.
NTSB Identification: WPR11CA439
This September 2011 accident report is provided by the National Transportation Safety Board. Published as an educational tool, it isintended to help pilots learn from the misfortunes of others.