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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||1801 To 2400|
|Locale Reference||airport : 08c|
|Altitude||agl bound lower : 0|
agl bound upper : 0
|Operator||general aviation : instructional|
|Make Model Name||Small Aircraft, High Wing, 1 Eng, Fixed Gear|
|Flight Phase||landing other|
|Function||instruction : instructor|
|Qualification||pilot : commercial|
pilot : cfi
pilot : instrument
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 140|
flight time total : 670
|Function||instruction : trainee|
|Qualification||pilot : student|
|Anomaly||inflight encounter other|
other anomaly other
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : insufficient time|
|Air Traffic Incident||other|
The airplane in which instruction was given was hit by a deer during the landing. When the deer was spotted it was too late to react and the deer hit the left main gear. The gear was folded upwards, while the aircraft started the go around. During the go around the flight instructor checked the left gear visually and noticed the gear would not support the aircraft during landing. The flight instructor decided still to land at riverview airport, but decided to check first if the runway was free of deer. During the second approach the flight instructor came in as slow as possible (there was no wind that night) and landed the airplane on the right main and nose wheel. As soon as the aircraft touched down the mixture was pulled, the fuel valve on off and the master switch and magnetos off, done by the pilot in the left seat. The airplane slid to a stop and the left wing tip and left stablilator and elevator were damaged during the landing and nobody was hurt. It shows again that during night hours it is hard to spot deer near the runway. This deer just ran into the airplane. The only prevention is to be very careful during night lndgs in michigan due to the presence of large amounts of deer.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: DEER RAN ON RWY, STRUCK ACFT.
Narrative: THE AIRPLANE IN WHICH INSTRUCTION WAS GIVEN WAS HIT BY A DEER DURING THE LNDG. WHEN THE DEER WAS SPOTTED IT WAS TOO LATE TO REACT AND THE DEER HIT THE LEFT MAIN GEAR. THE GEAR WAS FOLDED UPWARDS, WHILE THE ACFT STARTED THE GAR. DURING THE GAR THE FLT INSTRUCTOR CHKED THE LEFT GEAR VISUALLY AND NOTICED THE GEAR WOULD NOT SUPPORT THE ACFT DURING LNDG. THE FLT INSTRUCTOR DECIDED STILL TO LAND AT RIVERVIEW ARPT, BUT DECIDED TO CHK FIRST IF THE RWY WAS FREE OF DEER. DURING THE SECOND APCH THE FLT INSTRUCTOR CAME IN AS SLOW AS POSSIBLE (THERE WAS NO WIND THAT NIGHT) AND LANDED THE AIRPLANE ON THE RIGHT MAIN AND NOSE WHEEL. AS SOON AS THE ACFT TOUCHED DOWN THE MIXTURE WAS PULLED, THE FUEL VALVE ON OFF AND THE MASTER SWITCH AND MAGNETOS OFF, DONE BY THE PLT IN THE LEFT SEAT. THE AIRPLANE SLID TO A STOP AND THE LEFT WING TIP AND LEFT STABLILATOR AND ELEVATOR WERE DAMAGED DURING THE LNDG AND NOBODY WAS HURT. IT SHOWS AGAIN THAT DURING NIGHT HRS IT IS HARD TO SPOT DEER NEAR THE RWY. THIS DEER JUST RAN INTO THE AIRPLANE. THE ONLY PREVENTION IS TO BE VERY CAREFUL DURING NIGHT LNDGS IN MICHIGAN DUE TO THE PRESENCE OF LARGE AMOUNTS OF DEER.
Data retrieved from NASA's ASRS site as of August 2007 and automatically converted to unabbreviated mixed upper/lowercase text. This report is for informational purposes with no guarantee of accuracy. See NASA's ASRS site for official report.