NTSB Identification: ERA09CA017
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, October 07, 2008 in Manchester, CT
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/22/2009
Aircraft: CESSNA 182T, registration: N771CP
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 flight departed Brainard-Hartford Airport and was approximately 5 miles to the northeast at 1,800 feet msl when a large bird was observed on a collision course. The pilot banked left to avoid the bird and continued the climb. As the bird went out of sight, a "loud thump" was heard, and the pilot reported the bird strike to ATC. After returning to the airport, the right wing was inspected and found to have substantial damage. Published airport remarks include the following: "Birds and deer on and in vicinity of the airport."

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

The in-flight collision with a bird.

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