NTSB Identification: MIA06CA009.
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Accident occurred Sunday, October 02, 2005 in Punta Gorda, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/31/2006
Aircraft: Cessna 172N, registration: N952AC
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The pilot stated that when the flight was approximately two to three nautical miles north of the Charlotte County Airport, a brown bird appeared to his left on a collision course. He banked to the left in an attempt to avoid a collision but heard a "crash." He noted damage to the right horizontal stabilizer; rudder and pitch control were affected. He proceeded to the destination airport and landed uneventfully.

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

The in-flight collision with a bird resulting in substantial damage to the airplane.

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