The pilot reported that the accident occurred as she was practicing nighttime takeoffs and landings at an airport in Ann Arbor, Mich. During the takeoff roll, as the Piper PA-28-181 was rotating for liftoff, it hit a deer on the runway.
She immediately aborted the takeoff on the remaining runway.
Following the accident a portion of the deer was found wrapped around the nose landing gear.
Further examination revealed substantial damage to the forward fuselage and firewall as result of the collision with the deer.
The NTSB determined the probable cause as a collision with a deer during a night takeoff.
NTSB Identification: CEN15CA013
This October 2014 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.