NTSB Identification: FTW98LA391.
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Accident occurred Friday, September 11, 1998 in DOUGLAS, WY
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/15/2001
Aircraft: Cessna 180F, registration: N4612U
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 taking off from Converse County Airport's runway 28 (6,750 feet x 100 feet, asphalt) in the predawn darkness, en route to Casper, Wyoming, about 47 miles to the west. As the airplane lifted off the runway, a small deer (weighing an estimated 75 pounds) struck the rear of the airplane. Because the airplane remained under control at all times, the pilot elected to continue to Casper, where he landed without incident. Examination of the airplane disclosed the leading edge of the left horizontal stabilizer was crushed inward and bent.

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

A collision with a deer during take-off.

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