AVIATION SPECIALISTS INC: http://registry.faa.gov/N4423R
FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Baton Rouge FSDO-03
NTSB Identification: GAA16CA101
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, January 11, 2016 in Baton Rouge, LA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/14/2016
Aircraft: CESSNA 182, registration: N4423R
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 while performing aerial observation along a pipeline, he spotted a buzzard about 200 feet ahead of the airplane. The pilot further reported that he attempted to turn left to avoid the buzzard, but the bird changed its course and struck the right wing.
The pilot landed without further incident. A post-accident 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 a bird while maneuvering during an aerial observation flight.