NTSB Identification: ATL97LA007.
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Accident occurred Tuesday, October 15, 1996 in OLIVE BRANCH, MS
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/02/1997
Aircraft: Piper PA-28R-200, registration: N16413
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 reported that as the takeoff airspeed accelerated to 60 mph, with the landing lights on, he noticed the rear end of a large black bull walking down the center of the runway. During the pilot's attempt to avoid a collision, the right wing struck the bull. Reportedly, the bull came from a pasture adjacent to the airport. In the past, there had been several occurrences of domestic livestock on the airport property from a nearby pasture.

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

The farmer's failure to maintain security of his livestock/animals.

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