NTSB Identification: CEN09CA418
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, June 05, 2009 in Sellersburg, IN
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/10/2009
Aircraft: CESSNA 550, registration: N73HH
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 pilot stated that a large bird struck the nose of the airplane during its initial climb. The flight was about 1 mile north of the airport, 1,000 feet above ground level, at the time. The pilot elected to continue the approximately 20-minute flight to the intended destination, and the flight was completed without further incident. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident. A postaccident examination revealed impact damage to the nosecone and underlying airframe support structure.

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

An in-flight collision with a large bird during the airplane's initial climb.

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