Preliminary Accident Reports

February 2004 Issue

November 06, Montauk, N.Y. / Piper Archer

At 2020 eastern time, a Piper PA-28-181 struck trees when the pilot attempted to avoid deer on the runway during a night landing at the Montauk Airport. The pilot was not injured. The pilot had attempted without success to turn on the pilot controlled lighting system at the airport. After several attempts, he made a low pass over the runway in an attempt to scare any deer away, then landed without runway lights. During the rollout, the pilot observed deer crossing in front of the airplane from left to right. When the pilot turned the airplane to the left to avoid the deer, the left wing struck a small stand of trees and was substantially damaged. The lighting system was tested the following...

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