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N759BJ accident description

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Crash location 43.460556°N, 85.678334°W
Reported location is a long distance from the NTSB's reported nearest city. This often means that the location has a typo, or is incorrect.
Nearest city Sparta, MI
43.160858°N, 85.710039°W
20.8 miles away
Tail number N759BJ
Accident date 01 Oct 2010
Aircraft type Cessna 182Q
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

The pilot observed two deer crossing the runway from left to right just after he rotated during the night takeoff. He stated one deer was in front of him and the other was to the left of his path. He pulled back on the yoke in an attempt to avoid the deer at which time he heard a loud "bang." The pilot reported he believes he missed the deer that he observed and contacted a third deer that he did not see. The pilot continued the flight to his destination where he made an uneventful landing. The injured deer was located at the departure airport. The right horizontal stabilizer and elevator sustained substantial damage.

NTSB Probable Cause

An inadvertent collision with a deer during a night takeoff.

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