NTSB Identification: ERA11LA071
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, November 20, 2010 in Bluffton, SC
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/12/2011
Aircraft: CESSNA 172N, registration: N882AV
Injuries: 1 Minor.

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

According to the pilot, the airplane was in cruise flight at 2,000 feet mean sea level, when he felt a violent impact/upset and thought something hit the rudder. The airplane became unstable and started to rock from side to side, causing the pilot to perform a forced landing to a river. The airplane was not located or recovered and is assumed to have sustained substantial damage. The cause of the reported violent impact/upset could not be determined.

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

An in-flight upset of undetermined origin resulting in a forced landing.

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