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NTSB Identification: GAA17CA541
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, September 16, 2017 in Manzanita, OR
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/14/2018
Aircraft: RUDBERG TODD W VANS ACFT RV8, registration: N232TB
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 that he landed on the runway and noticed an elk running toward the nose of the airplane. He applied full throttle and climbed to avoid impact, but the propeller struck the elk. The pilot shut off the engine, and the airplane descended to the runway. When the airplane touched down on the runway, a second elk collided with the airplane’s left wing. The airplane veered to the left, and the right main landing gear collapsed. The airplane then veered to the right and came to rest on the right wing.
The airplane sustained substantial damage to both wings. 
The Airport Facility Directory for the accident airport stated that there was wildlife in the vicinity of the runway.
The pilot reported that there were no preaccident 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:
  • The airplane’s collision with two elks during landing.