ASN Aircraft accident Canadair CL-600-2C10 Regional Jet CRJ-701ER N709PS Charlotte-Douglas International Airport, NC (CLT)
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Wednesday 15 February 2017
Type:Silhouette image of generic CRJ7 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Canadair CL-600-2C10 Regional Jet CRJ-701ER
Operator:PSA Airlines
On behalf of:American Eagle
Registration: N709PS
MSN: 10165
First flight: 2004
Engines: 2 General Electric CF34-8C5B1
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 44
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 48
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Repaired
Location:Charlotte-Douglas International Airport, NC (CLT) (   United States of America)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Charlotte-Douglas International Airport, NC (CLT/KCLT), United States of America
Destination airport:Gulfport-Biloxi Regional Airport, MS (GPT/KGPT), United States of America
PSA Airlines flight 5320, a Bombardier CRJ-701ER, N709PS, struck a deer during takeoff from runway 36C at Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT), North Carolina, USA. The airplane sustained substantial damage. There were no injuries to the 48 passengers and crew onboard.
The airplane struck a deer with its right wing during the takeoff roll. The crew continued the takeoff and declared an emergency. Before returning to land, the flight crew conducted a low pass down runway 36R, for the airport rescue and firefighting (ARFF) to inspect the damage. ARFF observed damage to the right wing and reported vapor coming from it. After landing on runway 36R, the flight crew elected to stop on the taxiway due to the fuel leak, where passengers were evacuated and bused them to the terminal. Post flight examination of the wing found damage substantial damage to the leading edge slats, slat tracks, flaps, and front spar of the right wing.

Probable Cause:

Probable Cause: collision with a deer during takeoff.

Accident investigation:

Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 3 years and 5 months
Accident number: DCA17CA064
Download report: Summary report


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Distance from Charlotte-Douglas International Airport, NC to Gulfport-Biloxi Regional Airport, MS as the crow flies is 922 km (576 miles).

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