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N3815W accident description

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Crash location 37.596111°N, 93.347777°W
Nearest city Bolivar, MO
37.614484°N, 93.410475°W
3.7 miles away
Tail number N3815W
Accident date 21 Jul 2011
Aircraft type Piper PA-32-260
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

The airplane was landing at the destination airport when it struck a deer upon touchdown. The airplane received substantial damage to the right wing leading edge, which was part of the integral fuel tank. The pilot stated that the airport had not been recently mowed and the vegetation along each side of the runway was more than 36 inches high, which may have acted as an attractant to wildlife. The Airport Facility Directory remarks for the airport stated that there is wildlife on and in the vicinity of the airport.

NTSB Probable Cause

The collision with a deer during landing at an airport with known wildlife activity.

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