NTSB Identification: FTW93LA157.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 50683.
Accident occurred Sunday, May 16, 1993 in MARIETTA, OK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/03/1993
Aircraft: AERO COMMANDER 680, registration: N6244D
Injuries: 2 Minor,2 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 FLEW A PASS FROM SOUTH TO NORTH UP THE RUNWAY AND SUBSEQUENTLY ENTERED LEFT TRAFFIC TO LAND TO THE NORTH. THE PILOT STATED THAT HE LOOKED FOR OBSTRUCTIONS ON THE RUNWAY DURING THE PASS AND DOWNWIND LEG, BUT DID NOT SEE ANY. AFTER TOUCHDOWN, AS HE LOWERED THE NOSE, THE PILOT OBSERVED CATTLE ON THE RUNWAY. HE ATTEMPTED TO ABORT THE LANDING AND SWERVED TO MISS THE ANIMALS, HOWEVER, AS HE RAISED THE NOSE LANDING GEAR OFF THE GROUND, THE NOSE OF THE AIRPLANE AND THE NOSE GEAR STRUCK A LARGE CALF, COLLAPSING THE GEAR. THE CALF HUNG UP IN THE GEAR AND THE PILOT WAS UNABLE TO MAINTAIN DIRECTIONAL CONTROL. THE AIRPLANE SUBSEQUENTLY DEPARTED THE LEFT SIDE OF THE RUNWAY AND WENT OVER A DROP OFF. INVESTIGATION REVEALED THAT THE CATTLE HAD ENTERED THE RUNWAY OVER A CATTLE GUARD THAT WAS FILLED WITH ROCKS AND DIRT

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

THE PILOT'S INADEQUATE VISUAL LOOKOUT FOR OBSTRUCTIONS ON THE RUNWAY AND THE AIRPORT OPERATOR'S FAILURE TO ENSURE THAT ANIMALS COULD NOT ENTER THE RUNWAY ENVIRONMENT

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