The pilot reported that during the initial climb from the airport in Gainesville, Florida, about 1,500 feet mean sea level, a bird was flying vertical and then turned into the airplane.
The bird hit the Cessna 210’s propeller, continued through the left side of the windshield, and struck the pilot in the face.
After regaining control of the airplane, he declared an emergency and landed the airplane without further incident.
The airplane sustained substantial damage to the windshield.
The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.
Probable Cause: The airplane’s impact by a bird during the initial climb.
This December 2019 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.