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NTSB Identification: GAA16CA126
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, February 04, 2016 in Newport, RI
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/05/2016
Aircraft: PIPER PA31, registration: N102WM
Injuries: 2 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 during night visual meteorological conditions, he struck multiple birds at an altitude of about 300 to 400 feet above ground on final approach. The pilot continued the approach and landed without further incident. A postaccident examination revealed substantial damage to the right wing.

The pilot reported there were no mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
  • An inadvertent collision with birds during final approach at night.