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N31396 accident description

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Crash location 40.947500°N, 74.314444°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 Lincoln Park, NJ
40.520105°N, 74.385428°W
29.8 miles away
Tail number N31396
Accident date 09 Jun 2016
Aircraft type Piper Pa 32
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

The pilot in command (PIC) reported that he executed a normal approach, following an instrument proficiency check. He reported that during the landing flare the flight instructor, "grabbed the yoke and pulled up," and he heard a loud thump. The PIC reported that he thought the flight instructor was performing a go around, however the flight instructor said, "we hit a deer and must not go around." The airplane settled to the runway, the right wing "dipped onto the ground" and slid to a stop. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right main landing gear attachment point.

The PIC reported that he exited the airplane and saw the right main landing gear and the deer on the runway near the intended touchdown point.

The pilots reported that there were no mechanical malfunctions or anomalies with any portion of the airplane prior to striking the deer.

NTSB Probable Cause

The airplane struck a deer during the landing flare resulting in substantial damage.

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