NTSB Identification: ANC07CA017.
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Accident occurred Wednesday, January 31, 2007 in Vero Beach, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/29/2007
Aircraft: Piper PA-46-500TP, registration: N760C
Injuries: 3 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 private certificated pilot/owner, accompanied by a certificated flight instructor and a passenger, departed on a Title 14, CFR Part 91 local area instructional flight in a new, high performance airplane. As part of the purchase of the airplane, the instructor was providing transition training into the new airplane to the pilot/owner and the passenger. As the pilot was maneuvering the airplane in simulated instrument conditions, the left wing of the airplane was struck by a large bird. The collision resulted in structural damage to the wing, and a fuel leak when the left wing fuel tank was ruptured. An emergency landing was made at the departure airport.

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

An in-flight collision with a bird while maneuvering, which resulted in structural damage to the left wing of the airplane.

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