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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 199774
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Type:Silhouette image of generic RV8 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Van's RV-8
Registration: N232TB
MSN: 81315
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Nehalem Bay State Airport (3S7), Manzanita, OR -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Everett, WA (PAE)
Destination airport:Manzanita, OR (3S7)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
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.

Probable Cause: The airplane’s collision with two elks during landing.


FAA register:

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 6 months
Download report: Final report


Photo: FAA

Revision history:

18-Sep-2017 03:32 Geno Added
18-Sep-2017 17:26 Iceman 29 Updated [Embed code]
18-Sep-2017 17:29 Iceman 29 Updated [Total occupants, Embed code]
15-Mar-2018 20:14 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Operator, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
16-Mar-2018 16:35 harro Updated [Source, Embed code, Narrative, Photo, ]

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