Aircraft: Christen Eagle II. Injuries: None. Location: Eureka, Calif. Aircraft damage: Substantial.
What reportedly happened: As the pilot was attempting to land at the rural airport, a herd of deer wandered onto the runway. He added power and attempted to avoid the herd, but was unsuccessful. The airplane hit one of the animals.
The pilot was able to land safely. The FAA Airport Facilities Directory for the airport contained a note stating that there are deer occasionally on the runway.
Probable cause: A collision with a deer while landing.
NTSB Identification: WPR12CA073
This January 2012 accident report is provided by the National Transportation Safety Board. Published as an educational tool, it is intended to help pilots learn from the misfortunes of others.