Aircraft: Grumman Cheetah Injuries: None. Location: Ray Township, Mich. Aircraft damage: Substantial.
What reportedly happened: According to the pilot, the landing was normal and uneventful, but during the roll out he noticed noticed two deer on the left side of the runway.
One of the animals ran across the runway and into the left wing of the airplane. The airplane veered off the side of the runway onto the grass.
The pilot applied full power and raised the flaps in an attempt to go around, but the airplane hit a runway light shearing off the nose gear and crushing the lower engine cowling.
The underside of the fuselage and the right horizontal stabilizer were also substantially damaged.
Probable cause: The airplane’s collision with a deer that ran in front of the airplane during the landing roll.
NTSB Identification: CEN12CA419
This July 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.