Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Piper PA-28-161, N2135BA: Accident occurred December 30, 2015 in Fort Worth, Texas


NTSB Identification: GAA16CA095
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, December 30, 2015 in Fort Worth, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/08/2016
Aircraft: PIPER PA 28-161, registration: N2135B
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 flight instructor reported that while in the left downwind, a bird impacted the right leading edge of the horizontal stabilizer. The flight instructor further reported that he landed without further incident. 

A post-accident examination of the wreckage revealed substantial damage to the stabilator. 

The flight instructor reported that there were no pre-impact mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airframe or engine 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 on downwind in the airport pattern.

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