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N34413 accident description

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Crash location 38.610833°N, 94.343611°W
Nearest city Harrisonville, MO
38.653345°N, 94.348837°W
3.0 miles away
Tail number N34413
Accident date 11 Sep 2017
Aircraft type Cessna 177
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

The pilot reported that, during takeoff, he heard a "bang" and "it felt as though the airplane hit a brick wall [deer]". He added that, during the climb, he examined the engine instruments, which appeared normal. About 800 ft above ground, he looked out the left pilot side window and observed the fixed left main landing gear was "oddly positioned up next to [the] seat/door". The pilot reported that he contacted air traffic control, declared an emergency, and performed a "gear up" landing at the destination airport.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left stabilizer.

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

NTSB Probable Cause

A collision with a deer on the runway during the takeoff roll.

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