NTSB Identification: ANC00LA006.
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Scheduled 14 CFR
Accident occurred Friday, October 15, 1999 in GAMBELL, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/17/2001
Aircraft: Piper PA-31-T3, registration: N220CS
Injuries: 5 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 airline transport certificated pilot was conducting a visual flight rules (VFR) scheduled domestic passenger flight. The airplane was in cruise flight at 2,500 feet msl, at an airspeed of about 200 knots. The pilot said he caught a glimpse of a sea gull that suddenly dove toward the water. The sea gull struck the right wing, outboard of the right engine nacelle. The pilot landed the airplane without any problems. The right wing's leading edge upper surface received downward and aft crushing of the wing structure about 18 inches across, and about 8 inches deep. The damage to the wing included several ribs, forward spar, leading edge skin, and the deice boot.

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

An in-flight collision with a bird.

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