NTSB: Deadly Flight Hit Bald Eagle Before Crashing
According to National Transportation Safety Board investigations, the Cessna 172 that crashed April 20 in Alaska struck a bald eagle before coming down. "During the course of the investigation, which is still ongoing, a foreign substance was discovered on the airframe of the accident airplane," the agency wrote in a Wednesday press release. "A forensic analysis of the substance was completed by the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., and it was determined to contain feather particles of an immature Bald Eagle." Four people died in the crash.