NTSB Identification: ERA13LA061
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, November 17, 2012 in Greenwood, SC
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/13/2014
Aircraft: CESSNA 550, registration: N6763L
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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

About 5 seconds after the airplane touched down, a deer ran out of the nearby woods into the path of the airplane. The deer struck the airplane at the leading edge of the left wing above the left main landing gear and ruptured an adjacent fuel cell. The pilot was able to maintain directional control and stopped the airplane on the runway; however, the airplane was spilling fuel and on fire. The pilots performed an emergency shutdown of the airplane and egressed without injury. The airplane was subsequently consumed by the postcrash fire.

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

Collision with a deer during the landing roll, which resulted in a compromised fuel tank and a postimpact fire.

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