NTSB Identification: MIA01LA017.
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Accident occurred Saturday, October 21, 2000 in DAYTONA BEACH, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/19/2001
Aircraft: Piper PA-44-180, registration: N928ER
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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The flight instructor stated that the aircraft was in level flight, at an altitude of about 2,000 feet, when a large bird impacted the outboard section of the right wing's leading edge. The instructor then declared an emergency, took control of the airplane from the student, and executing a precautionary landing at Spruce Creek, Florida. Post accident examination of the airplane revealed substantial damage to the aircraft as a result of the bird strike.

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

an inadvertent inflight collision with a bird during cruise flight that resulted in substantial damage to the airplane.

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