NTSB Identification: ATL00LA053.
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Accident occurred Saturday, April 29, 2000 in MT. PLEASANT, SC
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/04/2000
Aircraft: Piper PA-32RT-200, registration: N9385C
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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The pilot arrived at the destination airport and established a traffic pattern for a night landing on runway 17. The pilot completed the before landing check which included turning on the landing light. According to the pilot, the airplane was approximately 2500 feet down the runway on the landing roll when a deer was observed on the runway. As the airplane continued the landing roll-out, the right propeller struck the deer. After the airplane struck the deer, the right main landing gear collapsed. The pilot did not report a mechanical problem with the airplane

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

The airplane collision with a deer during a night landing.

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