NTSB Identification: SEA08CA077.
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Accident occurred Thursday, February 07, 2008 in Mesa, AZ
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/28/2008
Aircraft: Cessna 172SP, registration: N577SP
Injuries: 2 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.

During cruise flight at an altitude of 3,500 feet above ground level (agl), a bird impacted the leading edge of the right wing, inboard of the wing lift strut attach point. The certified flight instructor (CFI) stated he did not see the bird until just before it impacted the wing. The CFI evaluated the damage in-flight and decided to continue the flight to his intended destination and landed without further incident. Examination of the right wing revealed the leading edge was crushed aft and two internal wing ribs were damaged.

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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