NTSB Identification: WPR12CA073
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, January 01, 2012 in Eureka, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/03/2012
Aircraft: MCADAM W E CHRISTEN EAGLE II, registration: N45WM
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 pilot reported that, during the landing flare, he noticed a deer (or possibly several deer) move onto the runway. In response, he added power and attempted to maneuver away from the animal(s). The airplane impacted what he believed to be a deer. The pilot realized that the airplane had likely incurred damage that could hinder further flight, so he retarded the engine power and landed without further incident. The left wing sustained substantial damage to the leading edge. The pilot reported no mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation. The Federal Aviation Administration Airport Facilities Directory for the airport contained a note stating that there are deer occasionally on the runway.

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

A collision with a deer while landing.

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