The pilot reported that during the flare for landing at the airport in Burwell, Neb., a deer ran towards the Piper PA-28-181 from his left side.
He tried to raise the left wing to clear the deer.
The left main landing gear hit the deer and the gear separated from the wing.
The airplane subsequently skidded to a stop. The spar that the landing gear separated from sustained substantial damage.
The NTSB determined the probable cause of the accident as an inadvertent collision with a deer during landing.
NTSB Identification: CEN14CA063
This November 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.