The flight instructor stated that, while in cruise flight at an altitude of 2,500 feet near Christmas, Florida, he observed two large birds directly ahead of the airplane.
He assumed control of the Cessna 172P from the student pilot and attempted to maneuver around them, but one of the birds hit the left wing, resulting in substantial damage.
After observing no flight control anomalies, the flight instructor elected to continue to the destination airport, where he landed the airplane without incident.
The NTSB determined the probable cause as an inflight collision with a bird during cruise flight.
NTSB Identification: ERA14CA001
This October 2013 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.