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N2817X accident description

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Crash location 42.223056°N, 83.745555°W
Nearest city Ann Arbor, MI
42.270872°N, 83.726329°W
3.4 miles away
Tail number N2817X
Accident date 10 Oct 2014
Aircraft type Piper PA-28-181
Additional details: None
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NTSB Factual Report

The pilot reported that the accident occurred as she was practicing nighttime takeoffs and landings. During the takeoff roll, as the airplane was rotating for liftoff, the airplane collided with a deer on the runway. The pilot 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 pilot reported that, before the collision with the deer, there were no mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

NTSB Probable Cause

The collision with a deer during a night takeoff.

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