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Last updated: 20 October 2017
Datum:Donnerstag 1 September 2005
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic FA20 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Dassault Falcon 20D
Fluggesellschaft:USA Jet Airlines
Kennzeichen: N821AA
Werknummer: 203
Baujahr: 1969
Triebwerk: 2 General Electric CF700-2D2
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 2
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 0
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 2
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:Lorain County Regional Airport, OH (LPR) (   USA)
Flugphase: Start (TOF)
Flug von:Lorain County Regional Airport, OH (LPR), USA
Flug nach:Saint Louis-Lambert International Airport, MO (STL/KSTL), USA
Flugnummer: 821
At Lorain (LPR) the Falcon was loaded with 380 pounds of cargo. After rotation from runway 25 at a height of about 15 feet above the runway, a flock of birds from both sides of the runway swarmed in front of the aircraft. Birds were ingested into both engines. This resulted in a complete loss of power on the number two engine. The pilot then called for retraction of the landing gear. The airplane climbed for about 10 seconds, before the copilot observed the gas producer (N1) gauge on the number one engine decay through 50 percent. The stall warning horn sounded, and the pilot adjusted the flight controls for landing. The airplane contacted the runway straight and level at approximately 130 knots, with the landing gear retracted, about 3,000 feet beyond the point of rotation. The airplane overran the runway, struck a fence, crossed a road, and came to rest in a cornfield about 1,000 feet beyond the initial point of ground contact.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The ingestion of multiple birds in each engine at takeoff, which resulted in a complete loss of engine power."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 12 months
Accident number: IAD05LA129
Download report: Summary report



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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Lorain County Regional Airport, OH to Saint Louis-Lambert International Airport, MO as the crow flies is 749 km (468 miles).
Accident location: Exact; deduced from official accident report.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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