Narrative:A Learjet 36 corporate jet (N546PA) struck an elk while accellerating through takeoff decision speed at Astoria Airport's runway 08. Takeoff was aborted but the aircraft overran the runway, coming to rest in a marshy patch, 180 feet beyond the departure threshold.. The Learjet was on a support mission for the Canadian Armed Forces.
|Date:||Tuesday 3 December 2002|
|Operating for:||Phoenix Air|
|C/n / msn:|| 36-045|
|First flight:|| 1980|
|Total airframe hrs:||12335|
|Engines:|| 2 Garrett TFE731-2-2B|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2|
|Total:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4 |
|Airplane damage:|| Destroyed|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||Astoria Airport, OR (AST) ( United States of America)
|Phase:|| Takeoff (TOF)|
|Departure airport:||Astoria Airport, OR (AST/KAST), United States of America|
|Destination airport:||Astoria Airport, OR (AST/KAST), United States of America|
Probable Cause:PROBABLE CAUSE: "Collision with an elk during the takeoff roll. Factors include dark night VFR conditions."
Follow-up / safety actions
Currently, the Astoria airport's perimeter is bordered with animal control fence.