This July 2008 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.
Aircraft: Mooney M20K. Injuries: None. Location: Howell, Mich. Aircraft damage: Substantial.
What reportedly happened: The pilot was attempting to takeoff from a rural airport at dusk. During the takeoff roll a deer moved into the path of the airplane. The pilot aborted the takeoff but could not avoid hitting the animal with the left wing.
Probable cause: The collision with a deer during the takeoff roll.
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