NTSB Identification: DEN08IA143
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Incident occurred Thursday, August 14, 2008 in Jasper, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/26/2008
Aircraft: Raytheon Aircraft Company C90A, registration: N688LL
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various sources and may not have traveled in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft incident report.

During initial takeoff climb at 300 feet above ground level (agl) at 140 knots, the pilot noticed a "buzzard" to the front and slightly above the airplane. The pilot lowered the pitch and right wing; however, the "bird folded his wings and dove toward me." The bird impacted the right wing leading edge. The pilot "conducted a controllability check" and noticed a slight vibration with the right aileron. The pilot continued to his destination (56 nautical miles) because that airport had emergency services. The airplane landed uneventfully. Prior to the flight, the pilot was unaware of any reported bird activity in the area. Examination of the airplane showed minor damage to the right wing leading edge and three wing ribs.

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

The impact with a bird during initial takeoff climb.

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