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N456MB accident description

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Crash location 35.950556°N, 85.084166°W
Nearest city Crossville, TN
35.948957°N, 85.026901°W
3.2 miles away
Tail number N456MB
Accident date 20 May 2012
Aircraft type Cessna 172R
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

According to the pilot, during the landing roll he noticed a deer on the runway. In an attempt to avoid hitting the deer he applied the brakes and the airplane skidded off of the runway. The airplane continued off of the runway and collided into a ditch. The post accident examination of the airplane revealed that it sustained substantial damage to the firewall. The pilot reported no preimpact mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

NTSB Probable Cause

The pilot's attempt to avoid a deer on the runway, which resulted in a runway excursion.

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