NTSB Identification: MIA94LA012.
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Accident occurred Saturday, October 16, 1993 in CULEBRA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/13/1994
Aircraft: CESSNA 172M, registration: N16582
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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The pilot was practicing low flight over water and took evasive action to avoid a bird. During the evasive maneuver the left wing struck the water.

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

The poor in-flight decision of the pilot-in-command to bank the airplane while flying low level instead of climbing to avoid collision with a bird. Contributing to the accident was the pilot's failure to maintain clearance from the water.

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