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N6159X accident description

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Crash location 40.583611°N, 74.735000°W
Nearest city Readington, NJ
40.566770°N, 74.799608°W
3.6 miles away
Tail number N6159X
Accident date 21 Aug 2005
Aircraft type Cessna 421C
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

On August 21, 2005, at 1915 eastern daylight time, a Cessna 421C, N6159X, was substantially damaged when it impacted several deer while landing at Solberg Airport (N51), Readington, New Jersey. The certificated private pilot and 7 passengers were not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and an instrument flight rules (IFR) flight plan was filed for the flight that originated from Lebanon Municipal Airport (LEB), Lebanon, New Hampshire, at 1745. The personal flight was conducted under 14 CFR Part 91.

In a telephone interview, the pilot described a routine flight, and said the airplane was performing "perfectly" as he approached the destination airport. At the exact moment of touchdown to the runway, a "herd of deer" ran across the runway in the airplane's path. The airplane struck 2 or 3 deer, then veered to the right and departed the runway surface.

A Federal Aviation Administration inspector examined the airplane at the scene. According to the inspector, two of the deer remained on the runway, and evidence of their collision with the airplane remained on the aircraft.

NTSB Probable Cause

An encounter with animals during the landing - flare/touchdown.

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