C172, McKinney TX USA, 2003

Summary: 

On 8 July 2003, a Cessna 172S on an instructional flight hit a vulture which caused significant structural damage to the left wing. During the attempted forced landing which followed, control of the aircraft was lost and the aircraft crashed into terrain near McKinney TX USA.

Event Details
When: 
08/07/2003
Event Type: 
Day/Night: 
Day
Flight Conditions: 
VMC

18720

Flight Details
Aircraft: 
Operator: 
Type of Flight: 
Public Transport (Non Revenue)
Take-off Commenced: 
Yes
Flight Airborne: 
Yes
Flight Completed: 
No
Phase of Flight: 
Cruise
Location
Approx.: 
Near McKinney, Texas
General
Tag(s): 
Flight Crew Training
BS
Tag(s): 
Large Birds, Significant Airframe Damage
LOC
Tag(s): 
Airframe Structural Failure, Bird or Animal Strike
EPR
Tag(s): 
MAYDAY declaration
Outcome
Damage or injury: 
Yes
Aircraft damage: 
Major
Non-aircraft damage: 
Yes
Non-occupant Casualties: 
No
Occupant Injuries: 
None
Occupant Fatalities: 
Most or all occupants
Off Airport Landing: 
Yes
Ditching: 
Yes
Causal Factor Group(s)
Group(s): 
Aircraft Operation
Safety Recommendation(s)
Group(s): 
None Made
Investigation Type
Type: 
Independent

Description

On 8 July 2003, a Cessna 172S on an instructional flight hit a vulture which caused significant structural damage to the left wing. During the attempted forced landing which followed, control of the aircraft was lost and the aircraft crashed into terrain near McKinney TX USA.

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