NTSB Identification: ANC96LA144.
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Accident occurred Tuesday, September 03, 1996 in KOTZEBUE, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/15/1997
Aircraft: Cessna 207, registration: N7396U
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The pilot was flying the airplane at 2,500 feet above sea level. He had seen flocks of geese flying in the area 2 to 3 days earlier; however, he had not seen any that day. While in cruise flight, he heard a thud, and noted that a goose feather came out of the fresh air vent. The pilot then looked out of his windshield and saw damage to the wing of the airplane, where impact with a bird (goose) had occurred. He landed without further incident.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

an in-flight encouter with bird(s)/geese, which resulted in a bird strike.

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