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Accident description
Last updated: 23 October 2017
Status:Final
Date:Friday 6 November 2015
Time:15:45
Type:Silhouette image of generic C525 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 525 CitationJet
Operator:Execuflight
Registration: N525DY
C/n / msn: 525-0306
First flight: 1999
Total airframe hrs:3100
Engines: 2 Williams International FJ44-1A
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Airplane damage: Substantial
Airplane fate: Repaired
Location:near Monroe County Airport, AL (MVC) (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Unknown
Departure airport:Monroe County Airport, AL (MVC/KMVC), United States of America
Destination airport:Alexander City-Thomas C Russell Field, AL (ALX/KALX), United States of America
Narrative:
The pilot reported that while climbing through 3000 feet mean sea level (MSL), a flock of birds was seen immediately in front of the airplane. The pilot reported that about 1 second after seeing the flock of birds, a single bird impacted the leading edge of the right wing. The pilot returned to the departure airfield and landed without further incident.
A post-accident examination of the wreckage revealed substantial damage to the right wing.
The pilot reported that there were no pre-impact mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airframe or engine that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "An inadvertent collision with a bird during takeoff enroute climb, which resulted in substantial damage to the right wing."

Accident investigation:
cover
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 129 days (4 months)
Accident number: GAA16CA078
Download report: Summary report

Classification:
Bird strike
Forced landing on runway

Sources:
» NTSB


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Distance from Monroe County Airport, AL to Alexander City-Thomas C Russell Field, AL as the crow flies is 207 km (129 miles).

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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